Write a Guest Post!
AmeriCorps Alums wants folks who care about service and volunteerism to submit guest blog posts! To do so, simply e-mail an inquiry to Ken[at]AmeriCorpsAlums[dot]org.
Just think, you could write a post about:
- Your story of service (either current or reflection)
- Chapter Updates – what your chapter is doing, wants to do or is planning on doing
- Reflections on major events and days of service – MLK Day, AmeriCorps Week, 9/11, Katrina anniversary, etc.
- Responses to timely news articles and reports (ie. like this one)
Here are the (loose) editorial guidelines we ask you to follow:
Content: We are looking for personal stories of service – how has service transformed your life or your community? We also accept “how to” posts on service themes (i.e. “9 Tips for Volunteer Recruitment”). We’re also interested in reflections on current events and their intersection with volunteering and service. We do not accept posts promoting goods and services or any advertising at this time.
Length: We prefer posts that are around 500 words in length. We’re not strict about this, but we suggest you use it as a rough guide.
Voice: First person, personal
By Line: Guests posts must have a named author – a person, not an organization. If possible, please send a head shot of the author. We like to put a photo of the author next to the byline.
Style: We prefer posts that tell a story, that are written from the heart. We prefer posts written in an individual’s voice, from that person’s perspective. We prefer writing styles that read more like an individual would talk as opposed to a corporate document or press release. Posts may be serious or humorous, as long as they are authentic, personal and transparent.
Call to Action: Whenever possible, posts should end with a call to action and links to get more involved.
Photos: Photos are encouraged. Guest authors should send suggested photos along with the post text.
Tell us your service story!