Definition of Volunteering
We are fast approaching the highlight of the Irish volunteering calendar – National Volunteering Week (NVW 2019 13th – 19th May 2019), is the one week of the year when we encourage everyone in Ireland to give volunteering a try. When it comes to volunteering, everyone has something to give and so much to gain from getting involved. This year’s National Volunteering Week will focus on the definition of volunteering – why do people volunteer, what does volunteering mean to people and how does volunteering impact our lives. #WhyIVolunteer
Why do people volunteer with your organisation and what does it mean to them? What is the impact in the local community?
NVW is an opportunity to shine a light on the inspiring work of volunteers and highlight the value and impact of volunteering to your organisation, as well as Irish society. If you are looking to recruit new volunteers, there’s no better time than National Volunteering Week. Here are some ideas on how you can make the most of NVW 2019.
Highlight the Value of Your Volunteers
Your Volunteers’ Stories
Other people’s stories inspire new volunteers to take the plunge and get involved. It’s a great way of showcasing the work that volunteers do, as well as the many benefits they gain from being involved with your organisation. Have you got some stories to share? Let us know, we would love to spread the word.
Appreciating Your Volunteers
How have your volunteers helped to build a better community? Could your organisation survive without them? Publicise how your volunteers help, by posting a message on social media or on your website. Why not make a video from your team, to say thank you. Give them a Certificate of Appreciation (more Resources below).
Organise an Event during NVW 2019
A great way to shine a light on your organisation, celebrate volunteering and also attract more supporters in the process. Here are some ideas:
1. Guided tour of your offices or centre
2. Information evening / Open day
3. Short presentation about your work
4. Coffee morning for prospective and current volunteers
5. Photographic exhibition of volunteering activities
6. Special volunteering project involving new volunteers
Whatever you’re planning for NVW2019, let us know – we’ll promote your event and help raise awareness of your organisation.
Publicise Your Volunteering Opportunities
National Volunteering Week is all about making it easier for the public to volunteer. If you have ongoing volunteer roles available – make the most of NVW 2019 by publicising how people can get involved, and make sure all your roles are registered on I-VOL.
Make volunteering more visible, feature on your homepage and add the NVW logo for the week. Post stories and images on social media using the hashtags; #WhyIVolunteer and #NVW2019. Mention us on Twitter (@DublinVolunteer) and on Facebook (Dublin City Volunteer Centre), and we’ll share your post.
Useful Resources to Download:
Please contact your Organisation Support Officer Frances Hayden firstname.lastname@example.org or (01) 473 7482