This year, National Volunteer Week will be celebrated on April 21-27, 2013 (in the US and Canada). And while many organizations recognize their volunteers year-round, NVW offers a chance for a week-long celebration of the amazing work of our volunteers.
As The Points of Light Institute suggests, “National Volunteer Week embodies the energy and power volunteers evoke on a daily basis as they lead by example—not only encouraging the people they help, but motivating others to serve as well.”
So if your organization is making plans for recognizing volunteers during National Volunteer Week, here are some resources available in the US and Canada.
Celebrate Service – Planning for National Volunteer Week in the US:
The Points of Light Institute’s Resource Guide starts by suggesting: “Celebrate Service, [this year’s theme] captures the meaning of this signature week: Honoring the people who dedicate themselves to taking action and solving problems in their communities.”
The Resource Guide (PDF) offers “all the essential messages and resources needed to effectively encourage and acknowledge volunteer participation, inspiration and recognition during National Volunteer Week 2013.” For example, the Guide includes:
- Sample banner
- Key messaging
- Media advisory and press release templates
- 2013 General Planning Timeline
- Sample Recruitment Message / Flyer
- Sample Photo Consent Form
- Volunteer Registration Form & Sample Waiver
- Volunteer Evaluation Survey
National Volunteer Week Planning in Canada:
Volunteer Canada suggests that “Volunteers cast a beautiful shadow”, and National Volunteer Week is a great time to recognize and celebrate the incredible efforts of Canada’s 13.3 million volunteers who "strengthen our communities and make our country vibrant."
To help organizations plan their volunteer recognition efforts, Volunteer Canada offers a National Volunteer Week “Campaign Kit” with free downloadable tools such as:
- NVW 2013 Campaign Planner
- 7 Questions to Answer Before Planning Your NVW Campaign
In addition, as always, they also offer templates and online collateral, such as a customizable poster; letterhead, sample news item, thank you card (and e-card).
To help with volunteer recognition events, Volunteer Canada also offers:
- NVW Event Planning Video Seminar
- NVW 2013 Budget & Timeline Template
- NVW 2013 Sample Event Scenario
- NVW 2013 PSA Tip Sheet
To check out all of the National Volunteer Week templates and resources, visit Volunteer Canada’s NVW Campaign Kit page: http://volunteer.ca/campaign-kit.
Volunteer Canada also offers “Guidelines and Helpful Hints for Volunteer Recognition” and a list of resources.
How will your organization celebrate its volunteers?
What have you got planned for National Volunteer Week celebrations? Let us know in the comments below.