6 Effective ways to celebrate National Volunteer Week in the workplace

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6 Effective ways to celebrate National Volunteer Week in the workplace

National Volunteer Week is a celebration observed across the world to promote the spirit of volunteerism and show appreciation to those who spend their time volunteering. It is an opportunity to celebrate the power that volunteers have in the way our society works. They build strong communities and are beacons of hope that we can look up to as role models.

Volunteers don’t walk around wearing capes or spandex costumes. They certainly can’t fly or exhibit superhuman strength. But volunteers are the closest we can get to the superheroes that we adore.

Even in the era of social distancing, volunteerism was very much alive, people came together to provide local relief to the most affected by the economic ramifications of the Covid-19 pandemic. With individuals becoming more socially aware, the number of volunteers has been rising steadily and the causes that they support have diversified over time. The volunteerism spirit has grown to such an extent that corporations have started to acknowledge and help the volunteering efforts of their employees.

If you are looking forward to celebrating National Volunteer Week in your organization, you’re in luck. We’ve compiled a list of ways your organization can do to recognize and support the spirit of volunteerism.

Rewards & Recognition

National Volunteer Week – the perfect time to showcase your most exceptional volunteers. It doesn’t need to be huge, but it needs to be heartfelt. Not only will the volunteers be able to share their stories with friends and family, but they can also get recognition for their efforts. 

Use National Volunteer Week to share the stories and journeys of your most exceptional volunteers, you can even feature a few volunteers each day of the week. When you give your volunteers a shout-out on your social media, you’re effectively helping them with a great networking opportunity for them to interact with like-minded individuals.
Or maybe, even land a great job!

Support the non-profits your employees volunteer with

Give your employees a powerful way to give back to their community. Appreciate their efforts with a simple, flexible matching program that matches donations made by your team to non-profit organizations they've consistently volunteered in the past.

You can also ask volunteers to log hours and then donate to the non-profits volunteered with on the basis of the number of hours your employees have volunteered with them. This will encourage them to become more active volunteers and will also give your employees a sense of accomplishment and connection to their community.

Launch a virtual volunteering portal

Virtual volunteering is the way for companies that want to stay relevant and in touch with their employees. Companies can create a portal and give their employees volunteering opportunities that will help them continue cultivating their spirit of volunteerism.

Here, companies can throw specific focus on volunteers who have done exceptional work through recognitions such as ‘the best volunteer of the month/year,’ etc. You can give volunteers visibility into the different roles that operate within your volunteering organization. This will serve as a great networking opportunity for them.

Usher in more volunteers

While you are celebrating your existing volunteers, use the volunteer week to recruit more volunteers who believe in your mission. For instance, establish powerful relations with corporates that have a wealth of employee volunteers who would be interested in supporting your cause. 

Introduce virtual volunteering opportunities to give equal volunteering opportunities to disabled people, people from across the globe and those who are tight with their schedules. All we know is that virtual volunteering is here to stay, and that’s what everyone’s eager to be a part of.

Talk about your impact

Volunteers would love to hear the impact you’ve created. Learning about the impact that they have created can be a motivating factor to make them continue volunteering. Also, don’t back out on sharing some of the biggest volunteering success stories on your website and social media. 

Share data and stories of your beneficiaries and volunteers and ensure that you communicate the impact your volunteers have delivered, for all the world to see. Your volunteers will be overjoyed.

Hear from your volunteers

There is no better way to show your volunteers that you care about them than to give them a forum to share constructive criticism. This volunteer week, open up a channel (A feedback form, a survey, an interactive Q&A) to help your volunteers express the following:

  • What motivates them to volunteer?
  • How can the volunteering experience be made more interesting?
  • What changes need to be made to the volunteering programs?
  • What are the biggest challenges with virtual volunteering?

Practicing this will help the volunteers feel heard and appreciated. But then again, you’ll need to make sure that you take these suggestions and bring forth meaningful changes to your processes if needed.

So there you have it - effective ways for you to celebrate National Volunteer Week. We can’t wait for you to start implementing these ideas as a part of your volunteering programs. At Goodera,  we work hard to connect corporate volunteers to a world of beneficiaries that need them. We would be more than thrilled if you join us and open up more opportunities to do social good.

Have a fun-filled National Volunteer Week!