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RECOGNITION

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Dear Readers:

National Volunteer Week is April 21-27, 2013!  Are you ready?  Many of you are looking for some last minute, cheap and cheerful ideas for recognizing your organization’s volunteers.  Here are some of my favorite ideas.  Remember, this is also a good time to recognize the staff members who work with volunteers!

  • A Round Tuit – (A cut out of a coin with the words Round Tuit written on it.)  People say they can never get “A Round Tuit” but you always do!
  • Ball – You’re a ball to work with OR Thanks for bouncing in with new ideas!
  • Balloon – Thanks for helping us soar to new heights! OR Thanks for breathing new life into our organization!
  • Bandage – Thanks for coming to our aid!
  • Book – You’re number one in our book!
  • Cake or Cupcakes – You take the cake as an outstanding volunteer!
  • Candle, Match, Star or Light Bulb – No one can hold a candle to you! OR Thanks for creating a spark in our group! OR Thanks for burning the candle at both ends to help us!
  • Coin – Thanks for your “Good Cents!” OR A Penny for your thoughts!
  • Battery – Thanks for energizing us!
  • Fortune Cookie – We are so fortunate to have you as a volunteer! OR Your contributions are worth a “fortune!
  • Glove – Thanks for lending a hand!
  • Gum – Thanks for sticking with us and making such a difference!
  • Heart – Thanks for caring and giving more than you ever receive!
  • Kite String – You can soar to whatever heights you choose!
  • Lollipop – Thanks for your help in licking challenges!
  • M & M’s – Thanks! You have made a Marvelously, Moving difference!
  • Book of Matches – No one matches your contributions!
  • Mint – You’re worth a mint! OR Thanks for your CommitMINT!
  • 100 Grand Bar – You’re worth 100 Grand to us!
  • Paperclip – Thanks for helping holding us together!
  • Post It Notes – Thanks for sticking with us!
  • Raisins – Thanks for raisin’ us to a new level!
  • Rubber band – Thanks for stretching your limits, your patience, your flexibility and your endurance!
  • Seeds OR Plants – Thanks for all the great ideas that you have planted! OR Thanks for helping us grow! OR You have grown and blossomed as a volunteer!
  • Smiley Face – We appreciate your smiling face!
  • Sunglasses – Thanks for helping us see this project through to a successful end!
  • Tape Measure or Ruler - You measure up as a fantastic volunteer!

Do you have a question? Now you too can ask an expert!

Connie Pirtle, of Strategic NonProfit-Resources, has 15 years' experience in working with volunteers. She has consulted and/or trained for such organizations as the Washington National Cathedral, Anchorage Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Music America, and the Association for Volunteer Administration.

Send your questions to Connie at AskConnieP@cs.com.
Connie Pirtle
Strategic Nonprofit Resources
314 E. Marie Dr. * Stillwater, OK 74075 * VOICE: 405.372.8142 or 202-306-1492


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