Serve Daily cel­e­brates five years in pub­li­ca­tion

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Springville res­i­dent Chris Baird has al­ways felt strongly about pro­vid­ing ser­vice to his friends, fam­ily, neigh­bors - even strangers. He lives by the motto, “Pay it For­ward,” mean­ing if peo­ple re­ceive the kind­ness of oth­ers, they should seek to con­tinue that kind­ness by do­ing ser­vice for some­one else.

A lit­tle over five years ago, Baird rec­og­nized a need in the com­mu­nity and be­gan to pon­der how he could fill it. Most of the weekly news­pa­pers in Utah County had shut down in re­cent years, and res­i­dents greatly missed hav­ing a way to read the news of their own lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties. Baird had never been in the news­pa­per busi­ness be­fore, but his de­sire to serve the com­mu­nity led him to ex­plore the in­dus­try and be­gin his own busi­ness.

In June 2012, Baird pub­lished his first news­pa­per with two goals: to pro­vide the news of south­ern Utah County to that area’s res­i­dents and to en­cour­age res­i­dents to serve oth­ers. With that in mind, he named his news­pa­per Serve Daily.

“I wanted to start the news­pa­per be­cause I had/have the de­sire to serve. I wanted to help peo­ple have a voice and a pub­lic place they can share their thoughts with the com­mu­nity. I hoped it would bring a sense of com­mu­nity and help peo­ple to serve daily those around them. There is deep mean­ing in the ti­tle of the pa­per,” Baird said.

Serve Daily is now pub­lished once a month and dis­trib­uted at a va­ri­ety of lo­ca­tions in south­ern Utah County com­mu­ni­ties from Springville to San­taquin. (See­tri­bu­tion for a com­plete list of lo­ca­tions.)

Res­i­dents can pick up the news­pa­per for free wher­ever they find Serve Daily.

In­side, they will find news about lo­cal schools, busi­nesses, events, city cel­e­bra­tions and more.

Much of the con­tent of Serve Daily comes from its read­ers, who can sub­mit ar­ti­cles and in­for­ma­tion on­line at www.­mit. Res­i­dents are also in­vited to sub­mit their in­for­ma­tion on­line for the Serve Daily com­mu­nity cal­en­dar, which can be seen at www.servedaily. com/cal­en­dar and is pub­lished in the news­pa­per.

Serve Daily en­cour­ages read­ers to sub­mit in­for­ma­tion about their life events such as wed­dings, an­niver­saries, birthdays, Ea­gle Scout Awards and projects, births and obituaries. Use the Life’s Event op­tion on the sub­mis­sion page.

“I would like to see peo­ple sub­mit im­por­tant life events and ar­ti­cles about things hap­pen­ing in South Utah County be­cause I be­lieve that when peo­ple work to­gether and share the good, more good is cre­ated. That is why we fo­cus on the pos­i­tive!” Baird said. “Serve Daily is south Utah County’s source for in­for­ma­tion and in­spi­ra­tion.”

Serve Daily also co­or­di­nates mul­ti­ple other projects to pro­mote good in the com­mu­ni­ties such as the RAKM Project, which en­cour­ages peo­ple to com­mit ran­dom acts of kind­ness and pass on #RAKM cards avail­able at lo­cal busi­nesses (see com­plete list at Read­ers are also en­cour­aged to visit­i­tude and par­tic­i­pate in the #SDGRATITUDE Project through shar­ing the things they are grate­ful for.

“We are ex­cited to have been in print for five years and are look­ing for­ward to con­tin­ued growth and suc­cess,” Baird said.

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