It's National Volunteer Appreciation Week!
And the perfect time to celebrate people doing extraordinary things through service. Established in 1974, National Volunteer Appreciation Week focuses on the power of volunteerism as an integral aspect of community leadership and membership. Since then, the original emphasis on celebration has widened to include an effort to urge people to get out and volunteer in their communities. The week draws support from the President, associations, corporations and community groups around the country.
To me National Volunteer Appreciation Week is about two things:
92.2% of association members reported volunteering with their association or another organization, according to ASAE's Decision to Volunteer, which published the results of a survey of more than 26,000 association professionals. So it's no surprise that volunteers are an essential resource for any organization, especially associations. Empower your members to get involved by making volunteer opportunities easy to access and in a format they find useful. The generous commitment and efforts of your volunteers should be acknowledged and recognized on a regular basis, however National Volunteer Week offers a formal opportunity to reward their efforts.
Here are a few ideas for how to celebrate with your membership:
Higher Logic not only admires volunteers, we volunteer - both in professional and personal communities - with over 25 organizations, including:
The result - thank your volunteers for their service so they will continue to feel appreciated and motivated to continue to serve. Volunteers are arguably your most important members. Take care of them, and they will take care of you. Word-of-mouth is still one the best recruitment tools.
Why do you volunteer and would you recommend it?