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DOG DAYS OF SUMMER

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It has been a busy, educational and inspiring summer with the Points of Light Service Unites Conference in Seattle in June and the MAVA National Summit on Volunteer Engagement in St. Paul in July.  Both conferences brought together volunteer managers with great speakers.  The energy at both was positive and powerful as volunteer managers absorbed new information, inspired by success stories, and shared and collaborated with their unique tribe.

August is a time of unique opportunities to recognize and celebrate volunteers in different ways; Smile Week, Happiness Happens Day, Friendship Week, Be Kind to Humankind Week, and Just Because Week.  These times provide simple, but meaningful ways for your volunteers to engage further in their service and a time and a theme for volunteer managers to appreciate and recognize their volunteers.  Here are a few examples:

      OPPORTUNITY

              VOLUNTEERS

          VOLUNTEER MANAGERS

 

 

 

SMILE WEEK

AUG 7-13

Ask volunteers to smile at everyone and share the positive impact of a smile

*Have volunteers submit the number of times they smiled & stories of the impact for a special contest

Greet each volunteer with a smile and friendly greeting.

Take the opportunity to smile and thank each volunteer for a specific thing at the end of their service

HAPPINESS HAPPENS

AUG 8

Ask volunteers to share what about volunteering makes them happy and publish it in your newsletter or social media

Do something for each volunteer to make them happy

FRIENDSHIP WEEK

AUG 14-20

Ask volunteers to befriend a new volunteer or a volunteer they don’t already know

Ask volunteers to talk to a friend about becoming a volunteer or bring a friend to volunteer. 

BE KIND TO HUMANKIND

AUG 21-27

Ask volunteers to think of ways that they can add extra kindness to their service and to do it!

Extend extra kindness to your volunteers; flavored coffee creamer, sweet treats, healthy treats, music, or use your imagination to come up with a kind gesture

BE AN ANGEL

AUG 22

Recognize your volunteers for the Angels that they are

Volunteer Managers

Are Angels!

JUST BECAUSE

AUG 28-SEPT 3

Give every volunteer a hug or a hug candy just because

Treat yourself and your staff

To something special just because

 

If you have a suggestion for any of these dates, please share in Celebrate Volunteer’s social media or send me an email at Linda@CelebrateVolunteers.com.  I’d love to hear from you!

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August also brings the end of summer volunteers.  As teens and college students return to school, it is critical to provide them with specific feedback about their service.  Be sure to let them know how they made a difference and the impact of their service.  This is a great time to provide recognition specifically for students leaving at the end of summer.  The recognition could be a certificate or letter of recommendation for their records and resume, a celebration of thanks or better yet, a personalized online recognition at CelebrateVolunteers.com that will be shared on our website, in Celebrate Volunteer’s social media; as well as a link of the recognition will be emailed to the organization and to the volunteer to be utilized and shared in any manner.  To learn more about the recognition service at Celebrate Volunteers, please visit at https://www.celebratevolunteers.com/celebrate-a-volunteer

Enjoy the remaining days of summer!

Linda

Celebrate Volunteers CEO & Founder



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