Similar to the free accommodation network for travelers CouchSurfing, the recently launched website seeks to connect those affected by Japan's recent disasters with local community members with space to offer.

SparkRelief is a new website connecting the disaster-displaced with those able to lend a helping hand. Similar to the free-accommodation network for travelers CouchSurfing, the recently launched website seeks to connect those affected by Japan’s recent earthquake and tsunami with local community members with space to offer.

In a recent interview with Time Eli Hayes, founder of SparkRelief spoke about the positive community benefits of the venture;

What happens when you go into someone’s house and they take you in and start cooking you breakfast in the morning, is that you have that community back again.

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