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