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Service Ideas: 10 Ways to Protect and Serve Others

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This week's Season of Service challenge is to protect, meaning to keep safe from harm or injury things that are important to you. This might be nature or the environment, rainforests or trees, your identify, animals, etc.

The first four suggestions in this list are ways to help your kids gain a better understanding of their natural environment and increase their desire to protect it; the rest are direct ways you can protect things.

Ten Bite-Size Ways to Protect

  1. Sign your kids up for the National Park Service's WebRangers, which has various online nature education games...
  2. Go to your nearest national park and do a Junior Ranger activity with them (see this list to find the one nearest you).
  3. Read Harold and the Purple  Crayon with your kids, then give each of your kids (and yourself) a piece of purple chalk and go on a nature walk, drawing your journey along the way as Harold did, again to increase their desire to protect their environment.
  4. Search Twitter for the hashtag #playoutdoors, and implement one of the suggestions that pops up this week.
  5. Handwrite (gasp!) one thing you would normally print out. It will save paper, which protects trees, which in turn protect us by absorbing carbon dioxide and producing oxygen.
  6. Offer your translation skills if you speak Spanish, Italian, or French, to help provide content to native audiences on behalf of CyArk, an organization that works to protect culturally significant sites worldwide by documenting them  before they are lost to future generations.
  7. Make a pledge to give at least one "green" gift this season (Today is actually the Nature Conservancy's Green Gift Monday). Visit the link to find all sorts of ideas on how to protect nature.
  8. Read this article on some ways to protect your identify online.
  9. Buy beef and other products from farms and ranches that raise animals humanely or grow produce organically to protect the environment. EatWild.com provides links to some of them.
  10. Buy one container of shade-grown coffee this week. Coffee that is shade-grown protects migratory bird habitat and rainforest. See this article for more information and a list of sources.

How Will You Give to Others This Week?

  • What other ideas do you have for serving others by protecting?
  • Has protecting made a meaningful difference for you or others this week?
  • How have others given to you this week and what difference has that made in your life?

How Else Can You Make a Difference This Season?

Make a meaningful difference this season by taking the Season of Service (SOS) Challenge. Here’s how you can participate:

  • Commit to do one act of kindness/service based on the week’s challenge.
  • Leave a comment with ideas relating to the week’s challenge as well as your experience(s) performing it.
  • Enter to win this week’s giveaway. Check out the prizes.
  • Join #gno this Tuesday on Twitter to connect with other Mom It Forward moms about the challenge.
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