JoyRun is an app that allows members of the UNC community to deliver anything to other people around campus.
“It’s a community-powered favors and errands platform,” the app’s creator Manish Rathi said.
Rathi said the app is chat-based, so anyone who needs something delivered can send out a message asking for it, and anyone on their way to a store or restaurant can send out a message asking if anyone needs anything delivered from there.
“What we're trying to do is to give people a platform that people can help each other while they're on their way,” Rathi said.
It's often used for food, but students can request for drivers to pick up or deliver anything. Arteen Asgharzadeh, the JoyRun regional growth lead for the area, said he has delivered coins to parking meters, Laffy Taffy to Granville Towers and Advil PM and nasal spray to a sick student.
JoyRun provides a flexible employment opportunity for students.
“You can just be a driver from downloading the app,” said Savanna Michaux, a sophomore and student leader for JoyRun.
Rathi said other delivery apps can leave the buyer disconnected, whereas JoyRun brings the community together.
“Who are you paying? Are you paying a corporation or are you paying a member of your community?” he said.