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Austin-based dating app combines volunteering for community, romance

A lot of people make new year's resolutions to volunteer in the community, others vow to meet a special someone. A new Austin-based dating app is combining those two things and changing the way you swipe. (CBS Austin)

A lot of people make new year's resolutions to volunteer in the community, others vow to meet a special someone. A new Austin-based dating app is combining those two things and changing the way you swipe.

"I have enough single friends to where I've heard some really interesting stories out there about their experiences with dating apps," said Brooke Waupsh.

That's why Waupsh co-founded Swoovy. It's a swiping app like Tinder or Bumble, but matches choose a volunteer project for their first date. Waupsh believes this could be the key to more lasting relationships.

"You're in a group environment, you're doing something good for other people, you have a natural icebreaker and something to talk about," said Waupsh.

Paula and Kevin McLaughlin would likely agree. The couple met while volunteering on a church retreat.

"We spent the weekend in the kitchen together and it really went from there," said Kevin McLaughlin.

That was 30 years ago. They've been happily married ever since.

"When you're volunteering, you're really not inside your own head, you're doing something different and you can focus on that and really have a chance to interact with each other without focusing on interacting with each other," said McLaughlin.

That focus on helping others is a win-win for daters and non-profits alike.

"This is a great way to get people in the door and get them to fight hunger and get to know one another," said Amelia Long of the Central Texas Food Bank, one of the non-profits where daters can volunteer.

So even if it you don't find the one, your day is bound to still end with a happily ever after.

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