National Volunteer Week is coming up! In 2019, National Volunteer Week is April 7-13. As a non-profit organization, you know how important volunteers are to your success. So let’s celebrate them! Here are some of our favorite ideas to help volunteers feel appreciated:
- Transform this month’s newsletter into a spotlight for volunteers. Hopefully, you’ve been taking notes (mental notes count!) of specific ways each volunteer has gone above and beyond to help the organization.
- Invite a guest speaker to share a few thoughts and stories with the volunteers. Make a fun night of it with treats and photo ops! You can buy a small gift as a token of gratitude for your volunteers, but accompany it with a heartfelt note signed by the
other volunteers to really highlight your appreciation.
- Host a volunteer award night. If you want to plan a bigger event, it would really mean a lot to volunteers! You can easily stick to a low budget by crafting your own awards. Create a unique award for each volunteer and it will surely be a night they won’t forget.
- Shout your volunteers out on social media. Use any photos you may have of volunteers working with your organization and post them to your social media with a complimentary caption. This can also help raise awareness for your organization among their friends, too.
Don’t focus on doing something massive, just meaningful! A little appreciation goes a long way. And of course, don’t forget to show your gratitude to volunteers all year long.