Sunday, September 1, 2013

Nablopomo for September: Serve

This month's theme is...

In 2009, the National Day of Service was established as a remembrance for the 9-11 attacks.  All across the country, there will be opportunities to volunteer this month.  Through's site, you can set up a project and encourage others to join along, or you can meet up with people in your area through an already established opportunity.  The purpose is to recreate that feeling the country had after the attacks, when so many people came together to help out.

Your blog can become another vehicle to bring people together and plant the idea of serving others.  All month, we'll be looking at different ways to volunteer, beliefs around serving others, and quotations that will help you remember why it's important to lend a hand.

Of course, "SERVE" can mean anything you want it to. Tennis. "Service with a smile." Subpoenas. Catholic mass. Web servers. Thanksgiving. Downton Abbey. Etc., etc.
That's from the website.  Here's how the email elaborated on the theme.
National Day of Service falls in the middle of September, giving people a chance to remember those lost during the 9-11 attacks.  Americans can come together in service by lending a hand to others in their community.  And your blog is the perfect place to call friends and family to action, reminding them of how much is gained when we give our time and expertise to others.

During this month's NaBloPoMo theme, we'll talk about volunteering.  We'll remember favourite projects we've participated in, or write about new projects we'd like to do.  We'll explore ethical questions in volunteering -- should we help out anonymously or be known for our actions?  We'll talk about the most important things we can give away, and how we feel after we help.
Oh, I like this theme.  It gives me even more reason to write about Detroit's charities, community projects, and locally-driven revival.  If that fails, I might even use some of the prompts.
So start thinking about ways to serve and sign up for September's NaBloPoMo.
Done and done!

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