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Creative Ways to Thank Those Who Serve – National Volunteer Week

3768979925_3abc142dbd_zThis year, National Volunteer Week is scheduled for April 21-27 – and according to the HandsOn Network, the week “is about inspiring, recognizing, and encouraging people to seek out imaginative ways to engage in their communities.”

NVW often translates into neighborhood work projects, usually involving a combination of paint brushes, garbage bags and brightly colored themed T-shirts. It’s a great time to get things done that may have piled up over the winter – and when everyone gets together to help out, it energizes the organizations who put on the event.

All good things! (Maybe this week could be celebrated twice a year?)

Of course, this week is wonderful for another reason. It gives organizations and communities an opportunity to thank those who continually give of themselves throughout the year.

Here’s a handful of creative ways (big and small) to recognize the volunteers in your life:

Of course, don’t forget to add a heartfelt verbal ‘thank you’ to whatever you choose to do. Often, those two words are all that is needed to properly express appreciation for every hour of service and sacrifice given throughout the year.

How about you? What’s the best way you’ve ever been thanked for volunteering? (I’d love your comments.)

More info can be found about National Volunteer week here. Also, if you’re not already committed to doing a project this week, check out Create The Good’s newly redesigned (and super easy to use) website to find a volunteer project near you.


Photo by: nateOne, Flickr


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