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You're bound to bump into a cutie who shares your philanthropic passion. They know what they're doing, and they do everything for you. "Being a member of It's Just Lunch is like having trusted friends set you up, but even better, because they're professionals.And there are literally hundreds of volunteer opportunities going on at any given time - just ask the folks at Hands On Jacksonville (formerly called Volunteer Jacksonville).Environmental cleanups, tutoring at-risk children, counseling victims of health or circumstantial crises, disaster relief, neighborhood rehab projects - if there's a good cause, there's an opportunity for you to help and, in the process, find a special someone who shares your generous spirit.Students of all ages head back to school for all sorts of reasons: to finish that degree they got started on and got sidetracked, to boost their career competitiveness, or just to broaden their horizons.Local colleges offer hundreds of credit and non-credit curriculums from poetry to politics.Its Impact Jax division focuses on young professionals, though all ages are welcome. produces and promotes all sorts of downtown events.And if you want to do a little good while looking for love, several regular networking events, like the Thursday Night Drinking Club benefit local charities.First Coast Surfrider and Sisters of the Sea organize regular beach cleanups and environmental education programs. Stats show 74 percent of single women say a baseball game is a great place to meet single men.So get in the game, or just get a ticket to watch the game, and find your match.