Your Volunteers Rock! Be Sure to Tell Them How During National Volunteer Week

Lori Halley 07 April 2015 0 comments

We Heart Volunteers

A volunteer action is like a stone thrown in a lake: its effect has a direct impact. At the same time, like ripples, volunteer efforts reach out far and wide to improve communities. Undeniably, volunteers rock. (Volunteer Canada)

From April 12 to 18th, 2015 we’ll be celebrating National Volunteer Week in both Canada and the U.S.

How is your organization celebrating its volunteers?

“Volunteers appreciate a genuine thank you”

As the folks at Volunteer Canada tell us, their 2013 Volunteer Recognition Study found “that many volunteers appreciate a genuine thank you. Whether it is with words highlighting the impact of a volunteers’ contribution or a small personalized token, a custom and sincere thanks makes a difference.”

So as the Points of Light website  suggests, National Volunteer Week is ...

...about inspiring, recognizing and encouraging people to seek out imaginative ways to engage in their communities. It’s about demonstrating to the nation that by working together, we have the fortitude to meet our challenges and accomplish our goals.

...about taking action and encouraging individuals and their respective communities to be at the center of social change – discovering and actively demonstrating their collective power to make a difference.

We know that volunteers are essential to the success of every association, club and non-profit. So we should be thanking them and recognizing their efforts all year round. But it’s also great to make a point of really celebrating the power of volunteers in a concerted way during National Volunteer Week.

Volunteer Week Webinar, Resources & Ideas

If you are looking for ideas for how you can recognize your volunteers, or you want to share your stories with your peers, here are some of the resources available from and links to the National Points of Light (US) and Volunteer Canada’s National Volunteer Week websites.

Volunteers Are Part of The Ripple Effect – Volunteer Canada

Volunteer Canada partnered with Investors Group to offer up a National Volunteer Week Campaign Kit: Tips & Tools to help organizations celebrate their volunteers. The tips and tools include, for example: a campaign planner; marketing & communications tools, such as customizable posters and thank you cards; event planning budget & timetable template and sample event scenario; media relations tip sheet and media release template; social media tip sheet and content bank; government relations tip sheets; and more.

National Points of Light (US): 

The National Points of LightCelebrate Service” website offers a Marketing Resource Guide PDF  that includes media advisory and press release templates; social media tips; planning timetable; banners and identify items; sample photo consent; and much more.

Wild Apricot Volunteer Week Insight and Resources:

In recognition of National Volunteer Week, this month’s Wild Apricot Expert Webinar is all about volunteers. 

Expert Webinar:  Converting Volunteers From Joiners To Stayers


On Thursday, April 16th (at 2 PM ET), Tobi Johnson, recognized expert and thought leader in the field of volunteer engagement, will explain how effective volunteer onboarding can lead to more motivated, satisfied volunteers – who not only join, but stay and become actively engaged.

You can get more information or register for this free Expert Webinar here.

Live Tweet Chat

During this live webinar we’ll be conducting a live Tweet chat, sharing insight and ideas on volunteer engagement. You can follow our Tweet chat using the #WAchat hashtag and use it when tweeting any of your comments or questions.

Bonus Overtime Q & A Session

As an added bonus for webinar participants, after the webinar (from 2:00 - 3:00 PM), Tobi Johnson and Wild Apricot will facilitate a peer-to-peer discussion about volunteer onboarding where we’ll share tips, ideas, challenges and strategies about volunteer onboarding and engagement.

We hope you’ll participate!

So – how is your organization celebrating National Volunteer Week this year? Please share your ideas for volunteer week celebrations with us in the comments below.

Also don't forget to share your National Volunteer Week photos and ideas on social media. Be sure to use the #NVW2015 hashtag on Twitter.

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Published Tuesday, 07 April 2015 at 8:30 AM

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