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By Ian Bush

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – There’s a new matchmaking website in Philadelphia, but this one’s designed to hook up local nonprofits with technology companies that want to help.

It’s called commitpledge.com

“You can sign up and say I want to donate 10 hours to a nonprofit that’s doing work with basic coding skills, or a nonprofit can apply and say I need volunteers to help me with my constituency in building their resumes for job applications.”

Brian James Kirk is co-founder of Technical.ly, which runs the news site Technically Philly (technical.ly/philly) and is behind this service drive.

“We’re planning to match people on June 1st. We’ll send out those initial introductions to make sure that they find one another.”

The site was unveiled at Philly Tech Week, and already it’s buzzing with those pledging hours worth of work blogging, doing social media, and web design, as well as with organizations in need.

In early June, Kirk says they’ll start connecting nonprofits with techies with a goal of strengthening the community.

“At the end of the day, any nonprofit — whether it’s a more traditional nonprofit or one focused on providing tech skills to a growing workforce in Philadelphia — everyone needs that extra set of hands to help.”

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