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Are You Ready for National Volunteer Week?

Lori Halley  07 April 2011  3 comments

This year, National Volunteer Week will take place April 10 - 16, 2011 in both Canada and the US. While England celebrates NVW in June and Australia in May.

What is your organization planning to celebrate National Volunteer Week? Here are some ideas and links to information for celebrating in Canada and the US:

Celebrating Volunteer Week in the US:

In the United States, National Volunteer week is sponsored by the Points of Light Institute. For more than two decades, Points of Light Institute has equipped nonprofit organizations to celebrate National Volunteer Week, providing visibility, thematic focus and resources to enable them to commemorate this signature week of volunteer recognition.

This year, the HandsOn Network  - the volunteer-focused arm of Points of Light Institute - website offers the following information and resources for National Volunteer Week:

  • National Volunteer Week Online Store – where you can order National Volunteer Week – “Celebrating People in Action” buttons, t-shirts, totes, water bottles, etc.
  • The National Volunteer Week Resource Guide (PDF) – information and ideas on how to get your community involved; share your stories and marketing resources (including the National Volunteer Week Logo, Banner sample, outreach tips, media advisory and news release).

Celebrating Volunteer Week in Canada:

Volunteer Canada has launched a website for National Volunteer Week.

The website offers:

Canadians have a rich history of volunteering and community involvement. With 12.5 million of them dedicating their time across Canada, volunteers are on the front lines of all our community services. ...National Volunteer Week (NVW) pays tribute to the millions of Canadian volunteers who graciously donate their time and energy. This year’s 68th annual NVW ...is Canada’s largest celebration of volunteers, volunteerism, and civic participation.

    • Certificate of Appreciation
    • Digital Thank-you E-card: Canada's volunteers are real-life superheroes who accomplish remarkable feats with real impact." So, as a fun way to recognize these volunteer Super Heroes, you can create a fun e-card, choose one of their email greetings (or create your own) and email this to the volunteer (or group).
    • Posters, postcards, banners, etc.
  • Online Store – where you can order travel mugs, tote bags, balloons, and other National Volunteer Week promotional items.
  • Media Site – with a full NVW media kit

More ideas for National Volunteer Week:

Energize Inc. – National Volunteer Week Celebrations:

    Energize Inc. notes that “several countries now have National Volunteer Week celebrations:

    This post also offers National Volunteer Week celebration ideas submitted by colleagues – have a look here: http://www.energizeinc.com/ideas/volwk.html

    Engaging Volunteers blog - It's Coming: Get Ready for National Volunteer Week:

    This post offers suggestions for celebrating, including:

      Read More: How To Create A Volunteer Engagement Strategy that Actually Works

      e-How. com - The History of National Volunteer Week:

        This e-how article provides an overview of the origins of National Volunteer Week in the US; outlines the effects it has and events and materials available.

        Stay tuned to the Wild Apricot Blog next week - in honor of National Volunteer Week we’ll be offering some posts on volunteer management and recognition.

        Lori Halley [Engaging Apricot] Lori Halley [Engaging Apricot]

        Posted by Lori Halley [Engaging Apricot]

        Published Thursday, 07 April 2011 at 8:00 AM


        • Darrell Hill said:

          Friday, 08 April 2011 at 6:42 PM

          There are so many incredible reasons to volunteer.  Thanks for the Volunteer Week info!

        • Geri Stengel said:

          Saturday, 09 April 2011 at 12:19 PM

          I’m happy to see all the options for thanking volunteers. Unhappily, there’s a lot of <a href="http://ventureneer.com/vblog/wasted-nonprofit-resource-human-experience-well-honed-skills ">volunteer potential that is untapped</a>  because nonprofits don’t know how to find and use it. The best way to honor volunteers is to incorporate them into the team and give them something to do that matters.

        • Lori Halley [Engaging Apricot] Lori Halley [Engaging Apricot]

          Lori Halley [Engaging Apricot] said:

          Monday, 11 April 2011 at 4:36 AM

          Darrell: Glad you found the info helpful.

          Geri: I agree, organizations should have a process in place to screen, orient, assign, train, supervise and recognize volunteers.

          Check the Wild Apricot blog today and later this week - we'll be focusing on volunteer management and recognition.

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