Las Vegas-based tech entrepreneur Justin Woo wanted to do something to help when COVID-19 hit the Valley. But his vision went further than volunteering or a one-time monetary donation.
He recalled seeing a variety of posts on NextDoor and Facebook with locals requesting help. “You know, such and such needs something, someone else lost their car—all these little stories,” Woo says. “We wanted to build something to help locals in Vegas.”
Woo’s company, Apollo Interactive, put forth a $200,000 seed donation to get the ball rolling on his new charity, Vegas Helps. He hopes to raise more money over the year to keep the giving going.
Vegas Helps assigns individual monetary donations to specific charitable acts. Woo plans to personally cover operating costs, so that 100% of donations are going toward helping people.
People can submit requests at vegashelps.com, and donors can give