I just finished listening to the audio book 'Tis, by Frank McCourt. I loved that the author read his own work. His dry reading only added to the bits of humor and irony in the story.
Malachy McCourt, Frank's older brother, became an entertainer in New York, so I looked him up, and found that he has written a lot of books, is an actor, and has a column in a magazine.
On Malachy's website, I saw that his wife started something called Womanshare which looks totally cool. Women make a list of what they are good at and what they can offer other women, along with a list of what they hope another woman in the group can offer them. When you share, you get hours credited to your account which you can use to barter something from someone else. These women seem to have a wonderful community and there are testimonials of friendships and window cleanings!