A Craigslist for Service?

Something I've been thinking about a lot lately is the need for some kind of platform to match local community projects with resources to do them. For example the project might be to build a playground, clear a lot, raise money for the school. And resources might be sources of money, people and things who'd like a way to contribute to their community.Seems to me that there's a spot for kind of a .org to create and operate a system like that and offer it for free or very cheap, locally, then nationally and globally. One thing I've been working on is to see whether this need is real, and what exists out there to address it.0Check out this post A Craigslist for Service:
"Craig Newmark, founder of Craigslist and Sunlight board member, has written a thoughtful piece on service and volunteerism for The Huffington Post. The catalyst for Craig’s piece is the reference by the Barack Obama platform, outlined at Change.gov, to their volunteerism plans as “a craigslist for service.” Craig uses this opportunity to outline possible aspects of “a craigslist for service” from his point of view, such as offering to help an established charity, or use sites like VolunteerMatch.org, DonorsChoose.org and Kiva.org to find ways to donate your time and money in useful and thoughtful ways, along with other ideas.

[...] (from: from Sunlight Foundation)

I need to check those out. What do you think of the idea? Would you like to see it happen?
Posted on December 16, 2008 and filed under Life.