Christopher Head, MobileServe CEO
MobileServe, a Louisville software company, continues to grow its impact. MobileServe, which provides smart volunteer tracking and advanced social impact reporting, has announced a partnership with BookNook, a platform for online synchronous reading instruction.
The partnership will connect volunteers across the country to elementary school students in lower-income communities for literacy intervention.
Louisville Future caught up with Christopher Head, MobileServe’s CEO, to talk about their product and the deal with BookNook.
Tell us about MobileServe
Head: MobileServe’s app allows people and organizations to spend less time on administrative tasks, and more time doing good in the world. Our app replaces the pen and paper verification system with tracking, peer-to-peer engagement, and visual reporting. We founded in 2015, and have partnered with hundreds of schools, universities, and corporations throughout the United States to serve tens of thousands of non-profit community partners.
Can you tell us what the deal with BookNook is about?
Head: Through our partnership with BookNook, we're going to connect volunteers across the country to elementary school students in lower-income communities for literacy intervention.
This all came about because my High School English teacher, who’s also on the board of Learning Disabilities of Kentucky, reached out to me earlier this month. She told me that, although they were waiving their service hour requirements this year due to COVID, she really wanted to find a way for students to continue to have an impact on the community.
Because we work with schools across the country, MobileServe was able to see what's working with programs in different communities. We learned about BookNook through the Hockaday School in Dallas, who is one of our partners. That week, I reached out to BookNook's CEO, and we've been collaborating ever since.
Process-wise, our high school clients show interest in getting their students involved and we get them connected to a Title 1 school who either already uses BookNook or we help them find funding for it. Then the student volunteers go through training and get connected to their mentees for the semester.
What does this deal mean for MobileServe?
Head: This deal means that MobileServe will be able to help facilitate virtual service learning opportunities across the country, and because of our volunteers, ensure that many kids in low-income communities don't get left behind during NTI [Non-Traditional Instruction].