Service: Ten Simple Ways to Write for Others
Writing is something we bloggers do an awful lot. So using one's writing skills to help someone else shouldn't be too much of a stretch, right? It just means taking a few extra minutes to write for someone else.There are so many ways it can be done, and so many people who can benefit from it. Last November, we shared some ideas, and just recently, we shared similar ideas under the verb "talk." Here are ten more service ideas:
10 Bite-Size Ways to Serve Others by Writing
- Write a guest post on anything you're passionate about that relates to nature or the environment, and submit it to Gamiing Nature Center, a Canadian-based nonprofit, through Sparked.com. (This challenge is available for seven more days.)
- Tell your kids that if they write a good story or play, you'll act it out.
- Contribute $5 to help create a creative writing center in Mrs. Yantorno's first-grade students through DonorsChoose.org.
- Make a simple bingo game for your kids or family where the squares are the names of characters or details from favorite books. Whoever gets the first "bingo" has to correctly identify the book(s) each clue is from.
- Write a letter to the president of the United States (visit VolunteerGuide.org for tips and links), your senator or state representative, the governor of your state, or the mayor of your city to share your ideas.
- Add your written voice to others trying to stop the extinction of rhinos, through the World Wildlife Federation's Conservation Action Network.
- Give your kids a list of 10 possible ingredients, and have them write their own recipes to exercise their writing and culinary skills. See these tips from Thinkfinity.
- Buy a few extra groceries, have them bagged in paper, and leave them on the car of someone who looks like they could use them, with a note written on the bag that says "pay it forward!"
- Write an article on a subject about which you have expertise, for Citizendium.org, a free online encyclopedia.
- Write down five goals you'd realistically like to achieve in this next month, as well as a simple action plan for each goal.
How Will You Give to Others This Week?
- Have you ever done any of these things? How did it go?
- What other acts of service have inspired you?
- 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?
- 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.