Mark National Volunteer Week with an Appreciation Activity
National Volunteer Week, April 10-16, offers a chance for you to show your volunteers how much you appreciate them and value the work they do for your organization.It’s no surprise, volunteers are the backbone of nonprofit organizations. Volunteers help with fundraising, lend their expertise to your organization and help spread the word about your mission. They fuel your programs and services and help you fulfill your mission. In short, you wouldn’t be where you are today without them.National Volunteer Week is the perfect time for you to praise your volunteers and show your gratitude. Here are some simple ideas to help you get your ideas flowing:
Send a note of gratitude.
A simple thank you note goes a long way. Show your appreciation by sending volunteers a handwritten, personal note. In today’s world of texts and emails, a handwritten note will stand out.
Host a thank you coffee or cocktail reception.
Invite volunteers to come together to raise a glass in celebration of their hard work. But don’t stop there, you may want to consider hosting the gatherings on a quarterly basis. Consider giving each volunteer in attendance a small token of your appreciation.
Spotlight volunteers and the incredible work they do by including features on them in upcoming newsletters, bulletins and/or on your website. Show volunteers some love and let them know how valuable they are to your organization. Small gestures like these can go a long way to fortifying these important relationships. Want more inspiration? Points of Light – the world’s largest organization dedicated to volunteer service – is the host of National Volunteer Week. Visit their website for free National Volunteer Week resources.