Shining a Light on Volunteer Week 2024!

Shining a Light on Volunteer Week 2024!

Celebrate Service: Shining a Light on Volunteer Week 2024!The theme for National Volunteer Week is Celebrate Service – an opportunity to shine a light on the people and causes that inspire us to serve.

It’s that time of year again! From April 21st to 27th, 2024, we celebrate National Volunteer Week – a dedicated time to recognize the incredible impact volunteers have on our communities. This year’s theme, “Celebrate Service,” is a beautiful call to action, reminding us to shine a light on the people and causes that inspire us to give back.

Think of volunteers as the heart of any non-profit organization. They are the tireless donors of their time, energy, and skills, making a tangible difference in the lives of others. On top of that, people that volunteer are twice as likely to donate to a charity than those that don’t volunteer, according to The Corporation for National & Community Service.

The Power of 3 R’s: Building a Thriving Volunteer Program

But how do we ensure a vibrant volunteer program that continues to attract and retain these dedicated individuals? Here, the magic lies in the 3 R’s of Volunteer Management:

  • Recruitment: Spreading the word about volunteer opportunities is crucial. Utilize your website, social media, newsletters, local listings, and partnerships with community centers to reach potential volunteers.
  • Retention: Once you have amazing volunteers, keeping them engaged is key. Offer training opportunities, create a sense of belonging, and provide regular feedback to show their contributions are valued.
  • Recognition: A simple “thank you” goes a long way. Publicly acknowledge volunteers’ achievements, host appreciation events, and personalize recognition to their specific contributions.

By focusing on these 3 R’s, we create a win-win situation. Volunteers feel valued and empowered, and organizations benefit from a dedicated force that strengthens their impact.

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Let’s Celebrate Volunteer Week 2024 Together!

We’d love to hear from you! How are you celebrating National Volunteer Week 2024? Are you volunteering your time, organizing a community service event, or simply spreading the word about the importance of giving back? Access the National Volunteer week toolkit from Points of Light to help you start your planning. Share your stories and ideas in the comments below.


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