A Special Thank You for National Volunteer Week 2011

Once a year nonprofits, volunteer coordinators and corporate engagement administrators join together to show their appreciation for the hard work and dedication that volunteers give through service. It’s National Volunteer Week, taking place now through April 16. NVW is one of the biggest times of the year for the volunteering sector, when the media gives volunteering the attention it deserves and together we inspire everyone to get out and give back.

To readers, we want to extend a special thank you for your contribution to employee volunteering and the impact it makes in our communities. Without your program management, hours tracking, and event planning, our network of over 77,000 nonprofits wouldn’t be nearly as effective.

Here are a few programs we’ve been particularly inspired by this year:

Apollo Group is recognizing its recipients of the President’s Volunteer Service Awards during National Volunteer Week. The company is putting an announcement on its intranet and sending personal emails to each recipient as well as their manager, as a small gesture of recognition for all of their hard work.

Exelon Corporation promotes NVW by hosting nearly 100 projects, promoting them on their volunteer website. The week culminates with Exelon’s volunteer awards ceremony in which the company gives $100,000 to nonprofit organizations on behalf of 12 outstanding employee volunteers.

General Mills is promoting its annual and global celebration of volunteerism, Think Global, Volunteer Local, during NVW by encouraging employees from Murfreesboro to Minneapolis, to volunteer in two key areas for the company: Hunger & Nutritional Wellness, and Sustainability.

UnitedHealth Group is sharing a quote of appreciation from Greg Baldwin, President of VolunteerMatch, to employees through its volunteer portal and messages. The company highlights and celebrates that employees are truly living the company’s mission “to help people live healthier lives” by signing up for service through their VolunteerMatch website.

How did you recognize your volunteers? How did your company participate in NVW? Leave a message on our blog or tweet us @VM_Solutions with hastag #NVW11. And if you’re still looking for ways to show your appreciation, there are lots of ideas out there. Start by checking our Nonprofit Blog, Engaging Volunteers.

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