Leadership Lincoln and Don't Panic Labs Create Mobile App to Help Families in Need

Published: Tue, February 06, 2018
Russ Guill
Don't Panic Labs

Leadership Lincoln and Don't Panic Labs, a subsidiary of Nebraska Global, have developed a free mobile app to help families in need connect with resources in Lincoln and Lancaster County.

This app provides a one-stop mobile database of services sourced from the Center for People in Need's Resource Handbook and the Department of Health and Human Service Community Response Guide. Its easy-to-use search helps families, case managers, and agencies learn about, connect, and utilize services in the area. In addition, a calendar feature helps users find regularly occurring events.

Once downloaded, the app does not require cellular data or Wi-Fi. All the information is loaded on the mobile device. Information in the app is automatically updated whenever the device connections to a data or Wi-Fi connection.

"Working with families, I learned that many people did not know about the amazing services available in Lincoln," said Bryan Seck, Employment Skills Developer for Prosper Lincoln. "I remember talking to a family that did not have enough food to last until the end of the month. I talked with the mom and told her about a FoodNet location just a few blocks from her home. She simply didn't know. With the app, she would be aware of all FoodNet locations with or without an Internet or cellular connection. It's amazing technology."

Technical expertise for the app's creation was provided by Don't Panic Labs. The team was comprised of three high school interns, and software engineer and project manager from Don't Panic Labs.

Matt Will, the Don't Panic Labs software engineer coordinating the work said, "Working on this project has really become a passion for me. I have been very excited to see the app released and how many people are already using it. I really hope it has a profound impact on our community that I believe it has the potential to make."

Don't Panic Labs will handle ongoing support for the app while the Center for People in Need will coordinate updates to the services listed in the app. 

"We appreciated the opportunity to use our expertise to help the members of our community in such a broad and impactful way," said Doug Durham, co-founder and CTO of Don't Panic Labs. "Combining that with the ability to provide some young people the opportunity to 'make a difference' just made this all the more special."

Agencies in the Lincoln and Lancaster County area are encouraged to review their information to ensure its accuracy. If information is incorrect or if an agency is not listed in the app, they can contact the Center for People in Need at info@cfpin.org. 

Any questions about the app can be directed to Bryan Seck (bryanseck@gmail.com) or Mick Hale (mhale@leadershiplincoln.org).

The app is now available on Google Play and from the App Store for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.