The global outbreak of COVID-19 has changed the day to day lives of many. This has led to many events, including celebrations of volunteers, being cancelled. This year, however, you can still celebrate your volunteers – virtually.
Ideas to get you started:
- Set up a virtual meet up with your volunteers to celebrate all that they have done – talk about their volunteer experience while also practicing social distancing.
- Highlight or profile on volunteers on social media – consider running a social media campaign dedicated to your volunteers. You can also highlight projects or teams that have supported your mission.
- Gather thank you messages from your colleagues to pass on to your volunteers – you can get creative with this!
- Nominate a volunteer program to our State Awards or a volunteer to national or local award ceremony and celebrate this on social media.
- Ask the question – ask your volunteers for ideas on how they want to celebrate this year. Customise your volunteer recognition to the individual – everyone is different. While some volunteers may like public or formal recognition, some may don’t.
- Run a virtual event – this can be done with a large number of participants through different online platforms.
- Hire a local performing artist to perform virtually for your volunteers
- Send your volunteers a special National Volunteer Week certificate or gifts. Find resources here.
- Engage with local volunteer centres and find out how they are celebrating National Volunteer Week in 2020.