All For Good: Facebook App Helps You Find Ways to Volunteer


by Ben Parr (MASHABLE)

Today has been a day of remembrance and reflection as we mark the eight year anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. Partly to honor those that were lost, President Obama yesterday proclaimed September 11th Patriot Day and National Day of Service and Remembrance.

As today is a day for service, the President is encouraging Americans to “engage in meaningful service activities and stay engaged with those projects.” But what if you don’t know of a project you can join? How can you find a service activity that speaks to you?

Today we learned of the launch of a new Facebook App, All For Good, part of the United We Serve initiative. It allows anybody to find volunteer opportunities near their area and see what projects are popular in their network.

The Facebook app is actually part of a community service engine that Google launched earlier this summer (our coverage is here). The non-profit is made up of engineers from Google (Google), Craigslist (Craigslist), UCLA, YouTube (YouTube), and other Silicon Valley companies. They have already produced an iGoogle widget, a WordPress (WordPress) embed, and more.

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All For Good has only gotten better, and the Facebook (Facebook) app taps into your network to make it easier to organize group volunteer projects. If you decide that you want to volunteer, be sure to check this app for a project that moves you.

(Thanks Randi)

Image courtesy of iStockphoto (iStockphoto), Palto

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