Volunteers are at the heart of every non profit organization. Donating their time and working tirelessly to improve the lives of others in the community, volunteers deserve to be celebrated! About 25% of the adult population donates their time through volunteering each year, and a volunteer’s time is worth around $27 per hour. Their hard work and selflessness truly adds up (to around $187 billion!).
National Volunteer Week takes place this week, April 18-24, 2021 in the United States. National Volunteer Week began in 1974 as a way to celebrate and recognize the hard work of volunteers. The week has also become a way to encourage people in the community to spend time volunteering at organizations in their communities.
The COVID-19 pandemic has changed many things about our lives, volunteering included. Virtual volunteering has become increasingly popular due to social distancing and is a great way to give back. Community organizations are busier than ever, helping those impacted by COVID-19, causing volunteers to be more important than ever. Many community organizations rely heavily on volunteers to conduct programs and serve their clients, so don’t hesitate to volunteer because your actions might change a life.
How community organizations can show appreciation for their volunteers
There are countless ways community organizations can show their volunteers that they are appreciated. From a simple hand written card to highlighting volunteers on social media, opportunities to say “thank you” are endless. If you are looking for ways to express your gratitude, consider these ideas:
- Schedule a virtual event to celebrate their hard work and dedication
- Call each volunteer to check in and say thanks
- Send handwritten thank you cards
- Provide lunch or coffee during a volunteer shift
- Send them a small gift, like a gift card or baked goods
- Film a video or dedicate a post to your volunteers on social media
- Showcase your volunteers individual stories on social media
Online resources to find volunteer opportunities
If you are wanting to volunteer and give back to your community, check out the online resources below to search for volunteer opportunities in your area. You can also reach out directly to food banks, community centers, animal shelters, libraries, or other organizations in your community to find out more about the volunteer opportunities they have available.
Volunteers are one key component to the day to day operations of community organizations and nonprofits. Another important part is having a technology that makes your life easier, so you can spend more time focused on your clients needs and meeting your organization’s goals. Pieces Connect helps reduce manual effort and easily stores all necessary client information, making it easy to track a client’s needs or progress toward a specific goal. It is an affordable cloud-based case management software that helps connect health systems and community organizations. It is also easy to use, allowing volunteers to quickly be up to speed on how to enter any necessary client information. Pieces Connect also has a robust referral directory allowing organizations to not only easily make referrals to other resources that a client might need, but the software also allows users to check to make sure their client actually received the additional support through closed-loop referrals.