"Dar no cuesta nada—To give doesn’t cost a thing.” That’s what inaugural poet Richard Blanco’s mother used to tell him when he was young.

In a recent post on his Facebook page, Blanco wrote, “Naturally, I thought of her when asked to participate in the Voices of Giving project [on Maine Public Radio]. I think writing is a kind of giving. I write, not just to tell my story, but with the hope that my words may give others something meaningful to their own stories and lives.”

Throughout November, in partnership with the Maine Community Foundation, MPBN is broadcasting “Voices of Giving.” Audio diarists include Senator George Mitchell, community catalyst Maddy Corson, and MaineCF President Meredith Jones and her grandson Harris Eagle.

The Voices of Giving segments are archived on the MPBN website. MPBN is also soliciting and posting stories of giving from listeners.

Blanco was also the community foundation’s special guest for its 11th annual Inspiring Philanthropy evening on November 18. You can hear his talk and see some photos from the event here.

Photo: Gabe Souza