Volunteers are often the people who make an organization really tick. Ask almost any non-profit, church, school, or professional organization and they’ll agree: volunteers truly do make the difference. That’s why an entire week in mid to late April is dedicated to appreciating this group of individuals.
So, how will you celebrate your volunteers this year? Below are some of the most popular ways Baudville customers have recognized their volunteers for past National Volunteer Appreciation Week celebrations.
1. Create the right atmosphere
In advance, decorate with balloons and posters that generate excitement for the coming celebrations. Display your decorations at an entrance to communicate with all visitors the importance of your volunteers.
2. Host a party
Everyone loves a party and some recognition. Invite your organization’s director to make a few remarks to the volunteers at a National Volunteer Appreciation Week party. A special catered lunch or dessert reception is a great way to commemorate the celebratory week.
3. Show off your volunteers
Show the organization just how great your volunteers are and give them a glimpse of their impact. Throughout the week, share information about the number of volunteer hours worked, longest-standing volunteer, and other positive stories that are possible thanks to volunteers.
4. Reward your volunteers
Thank your volunteers for their valuable contributions with award certificates, Character Pin awards, and special gifts. If you don’t have an event to get all the volunteers together, display the volunteer gifts at your facility. Volunteers will have fun entering the building to pick up their gift. With a special emphasis on gift packaging and presentation, the gifts can serve as part of your National Volunteer Appreciation Week decorations.
5. Have fun
Games and contests of all kinds are great for relieving stress and building teamwork between volunteers and staff. At Baudville, we’ve often used game ideas from the Minute to Win It game show. The games take about a minute to play and require common household materials. Plan a National Volunteer Appreciation Week activity for all to participate in and be sure to award prizes to the winners!