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Singing: Service With a Song

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Season of Service logo #32: Sing This week's Season of Service challenge is to Sing. Singing, by its very nature, is soothing and honorific. You don't have to be in a church choir or band to help someone with your voice. Consider these 10 ideas:

10 Ideas for Serving Through Singing

  1. Volunteer your services as a voice coach to a child with a chronic or life-threatening illness through, if you live in California.
  2. Volunteer your services as a voice coach to a child who is abused, neglected, or homeless through, if you live in Arizona.
  3. Get together a few singing friends and, for a one-time volunteer opportunity, sing at a senior center such as this one. This may seem cliché, but it really is a good and fairly easy way to bring smiles to other's faces while also using your talents.
  4. Start a "singing club" at your home. Even if you don't ever perform, just developing your talent and others', while also including others in something, can be a service.
  5. Teach your child how to sing.
  6. Join a Sweet Adelines International women's barbershop quartet chapter, or act as a liason between them and the music coordinator at your daughter's school to see if a Young Women in Harmony chapter can be started there.
  7. Organize a "Neighborhood Idol" sing-off, and ask entrants to pay a "registration fee" that will be donated to EarthWatch International.
  8. Sing "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" as you do your housework. Singing, especially something silly, inevitably makes your work a little less tedious and your little ones, if you have them, a little happier, especially if they join in.
  9. Share a soothing song with a friend who is suffering or grieving through iTunes Gifts or buying them a CD. Ronan Hardiman's Communication, on his Solas CD, has always been soothing to me.
  10. Make a playlist of cheesy '80s love songs for your hubby.

How Will You Give to Others This Week?

  • What other ideas do you have for serving others through song?
  • How has singing made a meaningful difference for you 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 each week's giveaway. Check out this week's prizes from PBS Kids Summer Reading Challenge by clicking here.
  • Join #gno this Tuesday on Twitter to connect with other Mom It Forward moms about the challenge.
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