How you can celebrate National Volunteer Week
National Volunteer Week is a celebration observed across the world to promote the spirit of volunteerism and to show appreciation to those who spend their time volunteering. It is organized by the Points of Light Foundation and will be celebrated from April 19 to April 25 this year.
National Volunteer Week 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. Even in this era of social distancing, volunteerism is very much alive, with people banding together to provide local relief to those most affected by the economic ramifications of the COVID-19 pandemic.
With people becoming more and more socially aware, the number of volunteers in the US has been rising steadily and the causes that they support has diversified over time. The volunteerism spirit has grown to such an extent that corporations have started to acknowledge and even support the volunteering efforts of their employees.
If you want to celebrate National Volunteer Week in your organization, you’re in luck. We’ve compiled a list of things your organization can do to recognize and support the spirit of volunteerism.
- Conduct a rewards and recognition program for your volunteers.
It doesn’t need to be huge, but it needs to be heartfelt. A small get together over a conference call is perfect, considering the need for constant social distancing.
- Support the non-profits your employees volunteer with.
Now is the perfect time to create a contribution matching mechanism in your organization. You can donate funds to non-profit organizations that your employees have volunteered with consistently 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.
- Launch a virtual volunteering portal.
With people having to stay confined to their homes, virtual volunteering is the need of the hour so your employees can continue to give back to the community remotely. You can launch a virtual volunteering portal in order to give your employees volunteering opportunities that will help them continue to cultivate their spirit of volunteerism.
This National Volunteer Week, Goodera is trying to enable corporations to recognize the need for volunteering by providing corporations with a free virtual volunteering portal. If you’d like to try it out, click here: https://nvw.goodera.com.