Make National Volunteer Week Last All Year

National Volunteer Week can last all yearBefore National Volunteer Week we talked about how this special week is really all about the relationships that you form and strengthen with current and prospective volunteers.

Now that National Volunteer Week is over, let’s take a moment to reflect on these relationships. Did you make new friends or forge stronger connections with your existing volunteers?

If you’re not sure how big the impact of National Volunteer Week was for your organization, we’ll let you in on a little secret: it doesn’t have to end here.

In fact, it shouldn’t. National Volunteer Week provides a great example of all the things we should be doing for and with our volunteers all year long. For example:

Say “Thank you”

It’s one thing your volunteers will never get tired of hearing. For some ideas of great ways to say thank you to your volunteers throughout the year, check out Points of Light Institute’s Tribute Wall.
You can also Nourish the Good work of your volunteers by showing them how they can get free Newman’s Own products for the month of April when they sign up to help you out.

Diversify your recruitment

All year long you can make sure you’re attracting the most dedicated and diverse groups of volunteers to fit all of your needs, and to give as many people as possible the opportunity to make a difference with you.
The free VolunteerMatch webinar “Best Practices for Recruiting Online” will show you how to make your opportunities stand out on VolunteerMatch. And you can take “Where do I go from here? Evolving Your Volunteer Program for More Involvement” to learn how to challenge yourself and your organization to take your volunteer recruitment to the next level.

Tell your their story

Last week we posted a story about how the volunteers at Exhale stepped up and helped the organization through a tough time. And what made it extra special was that the nonprofit thanked these volunteers by telling their story to the world.
You can tell the world how your volunteers have helped you by submitting their story here.

How will your nonprofit make National Volunteer Week last all year? Let us know in the comments below.

(Photo from Multicultural Integrated Kidney Education Program)

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