Group Recognition


Casa Gratitude Team


Administrative Assistant Volunteer Services

In 2011, the Casa Gratitude Team made the first official thank you call. Members of the team take time each month to make telephone calls to offer a simple thank you for a donation made, volunteer service given, or for attendance to a special community event. In early May 2017, the Gratitude Committee celebrated an impressive milestone. They completed 10,000 thank you calls. When the calls began, people on the receiving end were surprised and a bit shocked that they were receiving a personal thank you with no strings attached. The Casa Gratitude Team is a joyful, grateful group of people who convey a smile with every call they make. Surely, they are brightening the lives of many community members. Today the Franciscan Renewal Center is making a virtual call to celebrate our volunteers. With joyful hearts, we celebrate our Casa Gratitude Team and say; “THANK YOU” for all you do to exemplify a spirit of gratitude and joy.

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Blog Article #2 - “What’s Holding You Back From 21st Century Recognition Strategy?” 

Recognition is a critical component to your volunteers’ engagement, and the impact volunteers generate for your Volunteer-Supported Organization (VSO).  Innovative volunteer Recognition practices are key to achieving high-quality results.  Knowing that, why are you still doing the same old, tired thing for volunteer Recognition when it’s not producing the results your organization desires?

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She Said, He Said—Article #1 on Why Volunteer Recognition Is Still Stuck in the 20th Century “So, What’s This Blog Series All About, Anyway?”

Linda Llewellyn of Celebrate Volunteers ( and Barry Altland of Head, Heart and Hands Engagement Collective ( team together to address one of the biggest “misses” in the Volunteer Engagement profession today—Recognition.  Through a series of blog articles, Linda and Barry will tackle the what, why and how that has led the profession to this leadership shortfall, and what we can collectively do about it to get this Recognition train back on the tracks.  Read the series to support your own professional development as a Leader of Volunteer Engagement (LoVE)!  

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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.

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