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It’s Day 2 of National Volunteer Week 2011. Do you know where your volunteers are?
Seriously, there’s a virtual cornucopia of exciting things going on around the country for this year’s week-long tribute to volunteers, and it can be a bit hard to keep up. Read on for some of the fun National Volunteer Week resources that you can tap into for news, ideas, and other treats.
In my opinion, the best way to keep track of National Volunteer Week news is via the #NVW11 hashtag on Twitter. This is also a great way to post up your own messages. Below are examples of tweets that keep you in the loop with the movers and shakers of NVW11, cool trivia, and how nonprofits are using Twitter to thank their volunteers this week:
A great hub for National Volunteer Week stories and inspiration is The Huffington Post’s Volunteerism page in their Impact section. You can read about one man’s decision to turn a volunteer vacation into a lifetime of service, or find cool videos like this one about how social media can directly help your community.
VolunteerMatch posted a poll on Facebook to get a glimpse of our community members’ plans for the week. You can contribute your National Volunteer Week ideas and present the question to your followers, as well: What will you do to give back?
Finally, make the most of all the volunteering buzz by spreading the word about how people can help your organization. VolunteerMatch’s special National Volunteer Week search page is a great place to start: Just post or update your volunteer opportunities on VolunteerMatch with keyword “National Volunteer Week,” and they will show up on this page.
Happy National Volunteer Week! What are you doing to appreciate your volunteers? Let us know below in the comments.