Migration, Social inclusion



Who is behind this?

Sebastian Gillwald

Neues Potsdamer Toleranzedikt



Idea Sketch | Proposal


Idea pitch

HelpTo brings together refugees, initiatives, dedicated citizens, organizations, companies and municipalities. Whether it is material donations, donations of your spare time, voluntary help or work and accommodation opportunities. HelpTo is free of charge and available to everybody. Post your donations and respond to requests from refugees, accommodation facilities or initiatives. We want to make sure that your help arrives where it is most needed and that committed volunteers are supported.

Where will your idea take place?

North Rhine-Westphalia

Why does Europe need your idea?

Every day new refugees come to us from regions of war and crisis. These people not only fled from their home countries, but often also had to leave behind family members. To welcome and integrate them into society depends on all of us. A lot of dedicated people, initiatives and organizations working to help refugees and other people in need in Germany. Unfortunately, there has been a lack of digital networking between the different projects and initiatives.

What is your impact?

HelpTo aims at bringing together refugees and other people in need with initiatives, dedicated citizens, organizations, companies and municipalities. We are working on bringing help to people and projects, where it is most needed.

How do you get there?

HelpTo is already available in many cities and municipalities, for example Potsdam (http://potsdam.helpto.de), Leipzig (http://leipzig.helpto.de) or Ludwigsburg (http://ludwigsburg.helpto.de). Our aim is to make HelpTo available in North Rhine-Westphalia with its 17 Million people. For this goal, we are currently looking for project partners and financial support. To set up a new portal we need to create a network of local supporters, which helps us to make HelpTo known in that specific city or municipality. Every portal needs to be supervised. For the first kick-off it is essential to advertise HelpTo. Furthermore, we need to technically develop HelpTo further. For all this, we need financial support.

What is your story?


Who are you doing it for?

HelpTo is a help portal for refugees and other people in need. Our main goal is, to help these two groups. Furthermore, we like to support the many dedicated people and initiatives by giving them an efficient tool for their work. Also, we like to offer every citizen an easy way for material donations and individual commitment.

What makes your idea stand apart?

By communicating directly, people seeking and giving help come into contact with each other. At best not only help is provided but also further integration into society by personal contact. HelpTo is already up and running and well working. Lots of donations have already been mediated. We like to share this success by making HelpTo available to everybody in North Rhine-Westphalia. HelpTo is not only a platform for donations in kind but also a job and accommodation exchange.

€ 50000,-

Funding requested from Advocate Europe

€ 50000,-

Total budget

Major expenses

We would like to bring HelpTo to North Rhine-Westphalia. For that we need financial support to set up 53 new portals, build a local network and advertise HelpTo in the region. We also need financial support to technologically enhance the platform based on a user survey and wishes from our community.

What do you need from the Advocate Europe community?

If you are an initiative or dedicated citizen who likes to support us, for example by advertising the platform in your city, contact us (kontakt@helpto.de). If you like our idea, spread the word!



Idea created on March 7, 2016
Last edit on Oct. 30, 2017

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