By Kate Atwood

I don’t claim to have psychic powers of any kind, but I certainly know a visionary when I meet one, and I can already foresee Blake Canterbury having a huge impact on our world.  Atlanta is lucky to have him launching his Living by Giving dream right in our own backyard.

I met Blake recently at the Apex Society’s “Power 30 Under 30” awards, where I had the honor of presenting him with an award.  He shares with Living by Giving about his organization beremedy, and his vision to connect individuals to those who need help the most.

Tell us a little about beremedy. I recently read it was named one of “3 best Twitter usages worldwide” by CNN.
beremedy is the simplest way to help other people.  It is an organization connecting people who need help with those who want to help, via social media.  We feel that most people would help others if they simply knew the needs in their local community. Through applications like Twitter and Facebook, beremedy alerts people when someone in their community needs help. It takes little time for our members to step-up and make a difference.

What was the moment that made you decide you wanted to do something to get connected and have impact in our community and around the world?
My whole life I have been drawn to help people in need. Then, I realized that we can communicate a message to potentially millions of people at one time through social media.  I thought to myself, “what if we leveraged that potential to communicate messages for good to millions of people?”  Then I set out to create a sustainable model to do it.

Sounds simple enough, but I know starting-up a business is tough stuff; what has been the most rewarding part?
No doubt it’s the people helped at the end of each day. Giving a little more hope to someone than they previously had. Each day I have a purpose to get out of bed.

What is your wildest, biggest dream for beremedy? In 10 years, describe what you’d like to see beremedy accomplishing?
It doesn’t matter if it’s a natural disaster or helping a middle school student who needs a pair of shoes, if someone wants to get involved and help, I want them to turn to beremedy.  And while I can’t give away the secret sauce, I am excited to say we’re creating new technology that’s going to change the way people help those in need.

That sounds very exciting! For someone out there looking to find a connection to a cause or purpose in their community, what advice would you give them to get started?
Decide what type of cause motivates you and begin to look around your city for ways people are supporting that cause. Most of the time, you can just walk in an organization and they’ll embrace you.  As you find great non-profit organizations, I would love for you to have them register on beremedy.  We want to connect more people to these organizations and aid them with their mission.

Here are 3 things you can do in Atlanta to be a part of beremedy.

1.  “Like” beremedy on Facebook, Twitter and/or get our email. You can immediately get started helping others.

2.  Send any non-profit organizations to our website (www.beremedy.org) and let them know we’d love to help them.

3.  Tell other people about us and make them act on Step 1.  The more people we have involved, the faster we can grow to help more people.

Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.