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4 Ways to Celebrate International Volunteer Day!

by Falon
26. November 2013 09:00
FalonDecember 5th is International Volunteer Day. This day was marked by the United Nations in 1985 as a time for volunteer organizations and individual volunteers to be recognized for their commitment, as well as a time to build awareness around the impact volunteering has in our local, national, and global communities.

Volunteers are such a vital part of many of the biggest difference-making organizations all over the world. It is the tireless work of millions of volunteers each year that keep the homeless off the streets, feed impoverish families, pick up the pieces for communities effected by natural disasters, protect our animals, and clean our environment. Their work goes unpaid, but their hearts are filled, and our hearts are filled because of their goodness.

December 5th is a time to thank them. Here are 4 great ways to let your volunteers now how much you appreciate their dedication to the cause:

1. Gather the Troops & Celebrate! There is a special energy that presents itself when we gather together. Invite your volunteers to a special lunch just for them. Feature the statistics of hours served, lives changed, and impacts they have made while serving your organization. Present them each with a certificate honoring their dedication and a lapel pin keepsake, then sit back, have fun, and enjoy your downtime together!

2. Make a Difference for the Difference Maker! Volunteers give, and give, and give, and give. They aren't the types to take time for themselves. Brighten their day in a way they never would for International Volunteer Day. Send them flowers, give a gift card for a day at the spa, buy them tickets for a local theatre event, or send them shopping at their favorite store! Whatever you do, make it personal to each volunteer. After all, they deserve special treatment, too!

3. Tell Their Heart-Warming Story. Spend a little time with a person that each of your core volunteers has impacted. Take notes, write a letter, or tell their story at your volunteer appreciation event and present them with a special award. Spotlighting these stories at your event will also speak volumes to your new volunteers, as well, as to what's possible with the organization moving forward!

4. Say The Right Words. Oftentimes it's hard to find the right words to express your most sincere and deep appreciation for your volunteers. Our Gift of Appreciation Character Pin and Starfish Character Pin are two examples that give you the right words as well as a tangible take-away gift. Check out our complete line of success and dedication Character Pins to find the right match for your volunteers!


As a team member since 2005, Falon has worn just about every hat the 'ville has to offer. She's seen both sides of working life — as an employee and as a manager — so if it sounds like she knows what she's talking about, we're pretty sure that's why. When she's not juggling between the IDville and Baudville brands, she's been known to whip up a mean diorama - just like that!

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