How To Thank Volunteers With the Highest Honor
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Empowering Today’s Professionals (ETP) is a certifying organization for the President’s Volunteer Service Award. The President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation established the award program as a way to thank and honor individuals who, by their demonstrated commitment and example, inspire others to engage in volunteer service.
Below is a letter ETP Volunteer Services recently received from Points of Light CEO, Michelle Nunn. It highlights very effective simple way to recognize community service of volunteers around the United States.
Volunteers turn up in the greatest places.
Over the holidays, I traveled with my family to St. John, where we camped and enjoyed the extraordinary beauty of the island, 70 percent of which is projected as a national park.
We hiked stunning trails and beaches, and we wandered the Annenberg Plantation, where we met a retired couple living in St. John and volunteering as tour guides. Three days a week, they don their Friends of the National Park uniforms and open up the historic site for visitors. The project was their idea. They arranged for a volunteer gardener and cook to demonstrate the century-old way of life for guests. And they learned the history so they could give tours that make the ruins come to life.
Both wore their silver and bronze President’s Volunteer Service Awards with pride – a badge of their commitment and dedication and a way of expressing how much they value the honor of serving. As National Volunteer Week (April 21-27) approaches, I hope you will give the amazing volunteers in your organization the same badge of honor.
As you might expect, our guides in St. John balked when we tried to thank them. Instead they thanked us. They told us that volunteering was a great joy in their lives and gave them purpose and meaning.
It also gave them a symbol pinned to their lapels. It may not seem like much, I know, but it meant the world to them. The President’s Volunteer Service Award shows that we understand how valuable the gifts of volunteer service are to our nation.
Find out how you can honor volunteers in your organization and community at http://www.presidentialserviceawards.gov.
CEO, Points of Light
Points of Light – the world’s largest organization dedicated to volunteer service – mobilizes millions of people to take action that is changing the world. Through affiliates in 250 cities and partnerships with thousands of nonprofits and corporations, Points of Light engages 4 million volunteers in 30 million hours of service each year. Points of Light administers the President’s Volunteer Service Award program.
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