This post originally appeared on the HandsOn Blog.
Are you willing to be an online ambassador for volunteerism? Will you leverage your social networks to encourage your readers, followers and friends to memorialize the victims, survivors and heroes of the attacks of 9/11 through A National Day of Service and Remembrance?
Here are a few ways we can do it:
You can spread the word by asking your Facebook friends to get involved and to add their names to the growing list of individuals and organizations pledging to volunteer in observance of 9/11. Share the link to the official 9/11 National Day of Service web site (http://911dayofservice.org/). You can also lead by example. Invite your Facebook friends to join you at a volunteer project.
The hashtag for 9/11 as A National Day of Service is #911DAY. Spread the word about the day of service by tweeting about it and sharing the link to the official 9/11 as a National Day of Service site (http://911dayofservice.org/). You can ask your followers to volunteer – on their own or with you! Share the details of your volunteer project with your followers.(If you mention@HandsOnNetwork, I’ll see your tweet, and retweet it or @reply.)
Using A Blog:
If you’re a blogger, consider writing a post about 9/11 as a Day of Service. What you remember most about 9/11/01? What images stand out for you? Why do you believe in honoring the victims, survivors and heroes through service? How will you take part in the Day of Service and Remembrance? (Here’s a sample 9/11 blog post: http://handsonblog.org/?p=2731)
You might want to include a call to action for your readers, such as:
- Ask them to pledge to serve via a link to the official 9/11 Day of Service page(http://911dayofservice.org/)
- Or, if you think folks might want to plan their own project, you can share a link to HandsOn’s guide to organizing a service project.(http://www.handsonnetwork.org/files/resources/HON_Vol_Leader_Guide_FINAL.pdf)
If you send me a link to your blog post, I’ll link to it from http://handsonblog.org/
Consider creating a video about why you think the 9/11 Day of Service is important. You coul answer the blogging questions above on video, upload it to You Tube, and share it with your social networks. If you send me a link to your video and I’ll link to it from http://handsonblog.org/
Feel free to use the official 9/11 Day of Service Image. You can add it to your blog or website with this HTML code:
You can also embed or share either of these 9/11 Day of Service and Remembrance videos:
Finally, do something creative – whatever works for you!
You could challenge your friends – “If 20 people sign up, I’ll… (insert your wacky thing)!” — Shave your head? Perform “All the Single Ladies” on You Tube? Only you can say…
If you’re planning your own project – try using eventbrite, meetup or VolunteerSpot to get the event organized. If you need to raise money for your project, give Crowdrise a try.
Do you know anyone else who might like to use social media to spread the word and get others involved? Why not share this post with them?
Thanks for your using social media for social good, for helping to promote volunteerism online and for making the September 11th National Day of Service & Remembrance a success!
Want to receive e-mail updates on how to use social media to encourage an online volunteer movement? Let me know and I’ll add you to my list. Contact me at Connect(at)HandsOnNetwork(dot)org.
Jessica Kirkwood is the Vice-President for Social Media at the HandsOn Network.