I’m reading Bob Goff’s latest book, “Everybody, Always,” and I’m shaken.

Here are a couple of quotes:

We don’t need to call everything we do “ministry.” Just call it Tuesday. That’s what people who are becoming love do.

and

Quit waiting for a plan; just go love everybody.

The question I keep on coming to is, “how?” And I thought, wouldn’t it be neat if there was a website or app to help me connect with opportunities to serve locally?

Does it already exist?

I’ve found a couple: JustServe.org has a great database of opportunities. It’s an LDS website. VolunteerMatch is huge and has TONS of opportunities, and it’s a secular website.

It is possible that what I’m going for already exists.

Is my idea different?

I’m not interested in building the “Christian version” of something that works, but I wonder if those work best.

My idea is to match people (or families) with the best fit for them, and I think that differentiates what I’m thinking from the others.

I’d really like to have more of a volunteer concierge.

Here are some of the key things that I’m thinking about:

  • Only post dated opportunities – even if something happens every week, I want people to be able to see it on a calendar.
  • Have tags on each opportunity (families welcome, groups welcome, category, age groups, physical demands, etc)
  • Have tags on each volunteer (wants to volunteer with family, able to lift heavy objects, enjoys working with kids, good with computers, etc)
  • Sort opportunities by best match first
  • Send volunteers a weekly email, highlighting the best opportunities to serve that week
  • Push notification if a volunteer hasn’t served in a while
  • Ability for the volunteer to complete post serving questionnaire (rating of activity and comments, how many total hours served by number of people)
  • Ability for the organization to complete post serving questionnaire (rating of volunteer and comments)
  • Ability for the organization to use this service exclusively for scheduling volunteers (should they choose to do so) – for example, provide the organization with tools to embed the form on their website
  • Ability for local churches to use this service on their websites

Here are some other goals:

  • Empower local champions (individuals) to enlist organizations and volunteers for their area. Gamify this a bit.
  • Empower local churches to enlist organizations and volunteers for their area.

What are your thoughts?

If you’re interested in helping to build this thing, let me know.