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Alexandria Price, a 32-year-old international development professional, had enlisted the help of a dating coach to increase her chances of finding a soulmate. Even with a sleek headshot and a robust profile, she didn’t have much luck within the bounds of her town of Norwalk, Connecticut.

She found too overwhelming, the sexual expectations of Tinder too off-putting, and Christian Mingle too…well, you get the point.

Niche dating sites are on the rise more than ever, catering to farmers, vegans, and the mentally ill, to name a few. But a new dating site, iHeartVolunteers, is hoping to bring something new to the mix of photos, profiles, and awkward silences.Brittney and Briggs Fussy-weddings-AlixRaePhotography

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Created by Chris and Shelly Zenner, iHeartVolunteers has all the frills of other dating sites with an additional feature that can position volunteer opportunities as dates – a great way to skip the awkwardness of who pays for what.

Besides, seeing your date in action just might be the thing you need to give it a go.

(Originally published in Affect Magazine)

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