It's National Volunteer Week (NVW) - a time for celebrating the efforts of millions of volunteers across North America.
And although we may still be reeling from the events surrounding the tragedy in Boston, NVW provides an opportunity to acknowledge all volunteers, including the legions of supporters who helped out in the aftermath of that event. In fact, those individuals, as well as many others currently raising funds and offering support, epitomize the very spirit of volunteering.
How is your organization celebrating National Volunteer Week?
In early April, we offered up some ideas and resources to help with Planning for National Volunteer Week. But if you are just finalizing your plans, you might want to check out - Tips for Appreciating An Essential Resource – Your Volunteers - which offers insight and ideas for volunteer recognition. For help with year-round volunteer appreciation planning, you can have a look at our recently launched – Volunteer Appreciation Guide.
Sharing your volunteer recognition ideas and stories
Whether you are recognizing individuals or hosting group events, be sure to share your NVW celebrations with the community. Here are some ways in which individuals or organizations can highlight volunteer recognition ideas and stories:
Happy National Volunteer Week!
- Share Your Story: HandsOn Network wants you to share your story with them “to inspire others” and “demonstrate the power of each person to change the world”. You can share your story here: http://www.handsonnetwork.org/tell-your-story
- Write on the Thank You Wall: Volunteer Canada has created a “Thank You Wall” to celebrate National Volunteer Week. You can “post a message of thanks to a volunteer who has made a difference in your life or a general message of appreciation.”
- Update Your Facebook Cover Photo to share what you care about: VolunteerMatch “wants to help you share your cause on Facebook” so they’ve “created six free Facebook cover photos that you can download and use as your own Timeline cover photo. …So be proud of your volunteer work – let others know what you care about and why you give back." You simply "Choose a cover photo, download it, and put it on Facebook as your own Timeline photo."
- Share on social media: Do some social sharing about volunteer recognition events or awards - e.g., post on your Facebook page; post photos on Pinterest; and if you are tweeting, be sure to use the #NVW hashtag.
- Share with us! We love to hear about fun, new ways to recognize volunteers, so share your ideas in the comments below.
Image source: Volunteer group raising hands - courtesy of BigStockPhoto.com