Cel­e­brat­ing Na­tional Vol­un­teer Week

Check out these great ideas for cel­e­brat­ing Na­tional Vol­un­teer Week and rais­ing aware­ness of vol­un­teer­ing in the com­mu­nity.

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1. Take a group pho­to­graph of your vol­un­teers and at­tach it to a thank you post on Face­book. If your vol­un­teers are ac­tive Face­book users, make sure you tag them so the thank you photo shows on their wall also.

2. Ar­range a spe­cial morn­ing tea and in­vite your past and present vol­un­teers to at­tend.

3. En­cour­age a lo­cal cof­fee shop to pro­vide free cof­fees to vol­un­teers dur­ing Na­tional Vol­un­teer Week. Dis­trib­ute vouch­ers to your vol­un­teers as a thank you.

4. Or­gan­ise a vol­un­teer expo where lo­cal or­gan­i­sa­tions can pro­mote them­selves and pro­vide in­for­maiton to po­ten­tial vol­un­teers. En­cour­age schools to bring along se­nior stu­dents who are look­ing for work ex­pe­ri­ence.

5. Ask a collection of lo­cal busi­ness people to share their skills and fa­cil­i­tate a se­ries of short work­shops for your vol­un­teers. For even greater im­pact, in­vite vol­un­teers from other or­gan­i­sa­tions to at­tend as well.

6 Cre­ate ‘choco­late fish’ awards that recog­nise vol­un­teers for their in­di­vid­ual qual­i­ties or char­ac­ter­is­tics. You might like to award a spe­cial tro­phy en­graved with the words ‘You are O-fish-ally Awe­some’.

7. Give each of your vol­un­teers a framed in­spi­ra­tional quote qhich re­flects their in­di­vid­ual per­son­al­ity. It is a cost-ef­fec­tive gift that leaves a last­ing im­pres­sion.

8. Work with your lo­cal ra­dio sta­tion to pro­vide reg­u­lar ‘shout-outs’ to vol­un­teers through­out the week. En­cour­age or­gan­i­sa­tions to nom­i­nate spe­cific vol­un­teers, with ev­ery per­son go­ing into the draw for a spe­cial prize.

9. Or­gan­ise a pic­nic lunch for vol­un­teers serv­ing in all or­gan­i­sa­tions across the com­mu­nity. Each or­gan­i­sa­tion can con­trib­ute dishes to the meal, based on the num­ber of vol­un­teers they will have at­tend­ing. Have a pro­gramme of old-fash­ioned pic­nic games for some friendly com­pe­ti­tion be­tween groups.

10. Work with your lo­cal coun­cil to es­tab­lish a spe­cial Vol­un­teer Gar­den in your city. The gar­den can act as a trib­ute to all the vol­un­teers that make your city a great place to live.

11. Many people vol­un­teer as a way of gain­ing ex­pe­ri­ence while look­ing for paid em­ploy­ment. What a great op­por­tu­nity to team up with lo­cal businesses and ar­range for your vol­un­teers to spend a day in their ‘dream job’. Don’t let the fear of los­ing them stop you from mak­ing the con­nec­tion.

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