NCTC Sound Bytes & Volunteer Recognition Week
In celebration of Volunteer Recognition Week, NCTC is offering a Sound Byte series of brief audio presentations (podcasts) that highlight ways to show your appreciation and gratitude to volunteers.
These new Sound Bytes will cover a wide range of topics for the field to learn from.
Please take a few minutes to gain insight and to learn new ideas related to thanking and retaining your volunteers by listening to these recordings.
Sharing the Impact of Volunteer Work Creatively
Marla Green, Director of Community Building, National Community Tax Coalition
Volunteers love to know how they have helped clients and how their communities have been impacted. Learn different ways of illustrating numbers served, refunds received, and impact within communities using the most up-to-date technological tools and many new fun ways to visually and creatively illustrate results.
Thanking Volunteers on a Budget
Susan Ellis, President, Energize Inc.
Discover easy ideas to acknowledge volunteers and show appreciation.
Getting to Know Your Volunteer Makes the Difference
Lori Jean Mantooth, Director of Training Programs, Points of Light
Find out how getting well-acquainted with your volunteers can make all the difference. Identify the volunteer’s individual strengths and talents, and understand their limitations. Learning more about their occupations or other background can truly help your organization appreciate and retain volunteers.
Tax Season Volunteer to Civic Engagement Volunteer: Moving Beyond the Tax Season (coming soon)
Jennifer Thall, Coordinator of Civic Engagement, National Community Tax Coalition
Learn how recognition or appreciation events at the end of tax season can serve as a great time to engage volunteers and get volunteers involved in advocacy or policy efforts related to the VITA and free tax preparation field.
Please keep us posted on your thank you and closing events. NCTC is excited to showcase the many ways acknowledgment is expressed to volunteers. Send pictures if possible to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Also, take a look at a few of the quotes below that express the importance of service and volunteerism.
A civilization flourishes when people plant trees under which they will never sit.
– Greek Proverb
Volunteers are vital to enabling this country to live up to the true promise of its heritage.
– President Bill Clinton
In American society today, we need to have volunteerism. I truly believe that it is the glue that will hold us together and it will be the energy that will take us into the 21st century.
– U.S. Senator Barbara Mikulski
We are prone to judge success by the index of our salaries or the size of our automobiles, rather than by the quality of our service relationship to humanity.
– Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.
A different world cannot be built by indifferent people.
– Nelson Mandela
A life is not important except in the impact it has on others.
– Jackie Robinson (1919-72) American baseball player
By Soni Sinha, Special Projects Coordinator