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Following the lead of John F. Kennedy's Peace Corps, President Barack Obama had mentioned in his campaign platform a "Craigslist for Service" (which met with the full approval of Craigslist founder Craig Newmark).

It has now come to fruition with what Obama is calling "the summer of service." "This summer, President Obama is calling on all of us – young and old, from every background, all across this country – to participate in our nation’s recovery and renewal by serving in our communities. From June 22 to September 11, United We Serve will begin to engage Americans from coast to coast in addressing community needs in education, health, energy and the environment, and community renewal." has been set up to give people the chance to give back to their community and share opportunities to help. According to the website, the team that created it is made up of volunteering enthusiasts from places such as Google, Craigslist Foundation, UCLA, YouTube, FanFeedr and Aha! Ink. Google is hosting the All for Good website and products, and several Google engineers worked on All for Good as a 20-percent project (Google lets engineers spend a day a week on projects that interest them).

People can search for volunteer opportunities based on keywords, such as helping with veterans. It is also location-based and automatically comes up with volunteer opportunities in one's geographic area.

It is also integrated with Facebook and uses Facebook's "like" feature. Users can "like" a volunteer activity. This means that you think it's interesting for one reason or another and want to share that good vibe with others in the commuity. Once you "like" an activity, your friends will be able to see that you've liked it when they are browsing activities. This may cause others to become interested in it, too. If you sign in with Facebook, you can share activities you like with your Facebook friends through your Facebook activity stream.

The site is currently in beta (though the logo still describes it as being in alpha).