Service Projects: Building Community at Blogger Conferences

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Service projects are a great way to build community. Whether you're volunteering at your child's school carnival, coordinating meals for someone in your church group/neighborhood, or building a playground, service and charity not only helps others in need, but also can be a great way of bringing people people together and creating meaningful memories.

This past weekend in Las Vegas, Mom It Forward attended the Blogalicious Conference, where we had the awesome opportunity of not only enjoying a blogger recess (I can't remember the last time I jumped rope!)...

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...but also beautifying a playground at a local school in an effort to make a difference in this community. There's nothing like a Sunday morning service project to finish your weekend and conference on a high note as well as build strong relationships.

Dr Pepper Snapple Group sponsored the event, highlighting their Let's Play community partnership whose goal is to get kids and families active nationwide. Specifically, and in partnership with KaBoom!, they hope to build or fix up 2,000 playgrounds by the end of 2013, benefiting an estimated five million children. What an awesome initiative! Mom It Forward was glad to take part in helping them reach their goal.

Check out some of those included in the photos: Renee RossJessica McFaddenNatasha NicholesGina CarrollRaijean Stroud. And visit our Facebook album from the event to see the community building and service in action.

How do service projects help you build community? What is your most meaningful memory of serving alongside others?

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An active part of the Mom It Forward team, Jyl primarily writes about parenting, social good, and all things travel related. In a past life, Jyl was an award-winning copywriter and designer of corporate training programs for Fortune 100 companies. Offline, Jyl is married to @TroyPattee; a mom to two teen boys and a beagle named #Hashtag; loves large amounts of cheese, dancing, and traveling; and lives in the beautiful Rocky Mountains. Topping her bucket list is the goal to visit 50 countries by the time she's 50.

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