A Sherrills Ford couple has launched a national Web site for nonprofit organizations, church groups, shelters and veterans groups to post free classified ads listing items they need.
The site, www.communityquest.org , also lets people post free classifieds listing items they'd like to donate to any organization. People can also post notices offering to volunteer.
"Our goal is to connect the community with the charitable organizations," said Tristan March, who launched the site on Feb. 10 with her husband, Steve.
The site has pages for individual states and their major cities and towns.
There's even a Lake Norman page for free classifieds. Organizations can also post fundraisers on a "Lake Norman Charity Event Calendar."
Tristan March, 35, is a full-time account manager by day.
Steve March, 39, is a professional Web developer who has worked full-time developing communityquest.org since Oct. 31.
He has developed sites since the mid- to late 1990s in his native California. He met Tristan, who is from western Pennsylvania, while they attended San Diego State University. They moved to the Lake Norman area from San Jose, Calif., in August 2003.
The couple brainstormed their new Web site after a woman Tristan knew was about to go door-to-door for baby items needed by a local charity.
"I thought, 'There's got to be another way, and if there's one organization going through this, there's a thousand out there who are,'" she said. "(Homeless) shelters need blankets, animal shelters need dog food."
Having the Web site "just makes it easier for these things to come together," Steve March said.
The site is free, and no registration is required. Larger display ads can be posted for $5.
Steve March said he will start a blog soon with ideas offered by friends of the site's Facebook page. The blog could offer fundraising ideas for nonprofits or tips to donors on researching organizations before they donate to them, he said.