Recognize your Volunteers: Enter to Win!

National Volunteer Week is quickly approaching, and it’s all about volunteer recognition! National Volunteer Week runs April 12-18, 2015 and is a wonderful celebration of the AMAZING volunteers we have in Canada.  After all, here in Alberta more than 50% of Albertans volunteer their time and skills to nonprofit organizations in their communities! So, during National Volunteer Week how are you going to celebrate volunteerism and a volunteer?

Last year, Tim wrote a blog on Volunteer Canada’s Volunteer Recognition Tool. If you have the time, read it again – it is full of good information. One of the messages in the blog is that recognizing and thanking your organization’s volunteers doesn’t have to cost a lot of money. National Volunteer Week is all about volunteer recognition, so this is great news!

Volunteer Canada also highlights that what volunteers really want is to see how their work helps the community. One inexpensive way to show volunteers their impact is by using


Volunteerville is an interactive way to visually celebrate the contributions of volunteers through social media. It’s easy! Share volunteer photos and stories using #volunteerville on Twitter and Instagram or upload them directly to, then watch your posts show alongside many more at!

This year, during National Volunteer Week we have put together a contest for Volunteerville. Join in on the Volunteerville Contest April 12-18, 2015 for your chance to win! We have a free ticket to Vitalize 2015 for 2 lucky organizations!

Every time you or a volunteer mentions your organization while using #volunteerville on Twitter or Instagram your organization is entered to win a free ticket to Vitalize 2015!  Or upload your images and stories to during National Volunteer Week (April 12-18, 2015). It’s a great opportunity to acknowledge and thank your volunteers while promoting your organization at the same time!

How to enter? It’s easy as 1-2-3:

  1. Take a picture of your volunteers! (they can be ‘in-action’ or a profile photo)
  2. Post it to Twitter/Instagram using #volunteerville or to during National Volunteer Week.
  3. Show everyone and your volunteers their impact makes a difference!

Organizations, don’t forget to encourage your volunteers to share their experiences with #volunteerville. Remind them to include your social media handle or add your organization’s name to their personal posts too, and their posts will count as entries for our prizes!

Volunteers, use #volunteerville to SHOW what moves you!