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National Volunteer Week: Giving Back to Those Who Give

Lindsay Overall, Program Manager, Academy of Communication in Healthcare

Volunteer members are critical resources in helping associations achieve their missions and serve their members.  They devote time, energy, and expertise to move their organizations and professions forward.   According to the ASAE Foundation’s 2015 study Mutually Beneficial Volunteerism, volunteer hours make up 20–25 percent of an association’s total work hours (staff plus volunteers), averaging 67 hours per year per volunteer.

Established in 1974, National Volunteer Week, powered by Points of Light, is an opportunity to celebrate the impact of volunteer service and recognize the people and causes that inspire us to serve.

This year, National Volunteer Week is April 15-21, 2018. 

Here are a few other simple ideas that go a long way in making your volunteers feel appreciated:

  • Mail them a thank you card- There is nothing like a good ‘ole fashioned personal thank you card to make you feel special!  Client partner ACH plans to mail thank you cards to its Board of Directors and all committee members as a token of staff’s appreciation.
  • Give them a shout out on social media- To honor the work of AMR client partner volunteers, we have a series of social media posts highlighting the roles and contributions of some of our very own #rockstarvolunteers!
  • Distinguish them with a ribbon or digital badge- Make volunteers feel special by providing them with a special committee ribbon on their conference name badge, or add a digital badge to their online community profile. 

No matter how you choose to recognize and thank your volunteers, remember to “walk the walk.” Ultimately, volunteers feel appreciated when they are empowered to make a positive change and put their ideas into action!  So, what are YOU doing to thank your volunteers this #NationalVolunteerWeek?

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