February 2017

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Fun and Easy Tips for Volunteer Recognition

Volunteer Managers from the Volunteer Square community, met last week for our quarterly professional development meeting. 18 nonprofit agencies were represented and one of our topics was volunteer recognition. As we prepare for National Volunteer Week in April we wanted to share some fun and easy ways to thank volunteers.

Volunteers are often humble and don't want or need any praise, but managers like to do things to recognize the hard work and commitment their volunteers make to the organization. Volunteers are essential to nonprofit organizations and often play key roles in programs and initiatives. Managers want to make them feel appreciate for the work they do and recognition equals retention, so it's a win, win for all. Do you work with volunteers that you would like to recognize? Check out our list of fun, easy and inexpensive ways to honor the individuals that give their time and energy to your cause.

Feed Them
We know that food can spark positive attitudes and it promotes social activity. Bring some snacks and encourage volunteers to take a quick break and get to know each other.

February Volunteer of the Month

Mimi Santry, a Greenwich resident, was named Volunteer Square’s February Volunteer of the Month. Nominated by Jen Flatow, Senior Director of Development at Family Centers and a member of the Volunteer Square Advisory Board, Jen was thrilled to have the opportunity to honor the wonderful work Mimi does for Family Centers. She stated, “I have had the privilege of seeing many iterations of the Valentine’s Project over the past eleven years at Family Centers, but the thing that resonates with me recently is the commitment to the children we serve by Mimi. She is the driving force, sometimes literally transporting supplies and volunteers to and from our sites, in making this happen throughout the year. It’s not about decorating the pumpkin, planting the flowers or creating the cards. It’s about making the connection between volunteers and the children we serve. It’s about championing them to want to make a difference in the community they live in and to become role models. Mimi is one of a kind; we should all aspire to be like her.”

Welcome to the Team!

In an effort to expand opportunities for high school students and build stronger volunteer communities in Fairfield County, Volunteer Square created a high school internship program that launched a pilot in the fall of 2016. The program provides high school interns training and experience with digital marketing, social media, website maintenance and community relations.

Volunteer Square interns become ambassadors in their schools, area towns, and their peer groups. They represent the organization throughout Fairfield County at local nonprofit events as well as on VolunteerSquare.com and social media channels. Interns will also create and manage the newly added "Town News" pages on VolunteerSquare.com. We are thrilled to announce that our internship program has expanded and we will welcome 8 new high school students to our team this week. Our wonderful fall interns, all from Trumbull High School, will also continue their work with us. Here's an introduction to the new faces of Volunteer Square!

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