National Volunteering Week (NVW), the one week of the year when we encourage everyone to give volunteering a try is taking place on May 11th - 17th.
The Week itself, supported by Salesforce is a fantastic opportunity to shine a light on the inspiring contribution that volunteers make to local charities and Irish society as a whole.
In celebration of the launch of National Volunteering Week, Kerry Volunteer Centre supported by The Lake Hotel Killarney are running a Valuing Volunteers Facebook competition. The lucky winner of this competition will get a voucher for 1 night B&B and evening meal for two at the luxurious Lake Hotel Killarney. To enter, Volunteer to post someone specials' name on our Facebook competition post. This is a great opportunity for Volunteer Involving Organisations to show recognition to their Volunteers, so get posting!
What's happening during NVW
During National Volunteering Week, Kerry Volunteer Centre will be hosting volunteer information sessions throughout the county in locations such as Tralee, Listowel, Caherciveen, Killarney and Dingle.
KVC would also like to invite not-for-profit organisations to attend our Volunteer Managers Network taking place on Tuesday May 5th from 11am – 1pm at Fels Point Hotel, Tralee. This session will focus on Volunteer recognition and retention. Interested participants can reserve a place by contacting Geraldine on 0667117966 or email@example.com no later than 5pm Friday, May 1st.
A celebratory event will be held by KVC in Tralee during National Volunteering Week. This event allows us to show our appreciation to Volunteers and Volunteer Involving Organisations in Kerry.
How to get involved
It is easy to get involved in NVW, there is no cost to participate and the benefits are many. Kerry Volunteer Centre has lots of supports and ideas available to help you get involved in NVW. To avail of free advice and support contact Paula at Kerry Volunteer Centre on 066 7117966. Events can be registered by sending a brief summary to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Over the years schools have gotten involved by:
• Acknowledging parents and members of the community who volunteer with their school by organising for the pupils to make thank you cards for them.
• Hosting a hands on event such as a tidy-up, vegetable planting, flower box planting, painting event etc.
• Inviting a member of Kerry Volunteer Centre to give a talk to students about Volunteering and its benefit.
Pupils and staff can benefit greatly from hosting a NVW event as it enables them to think about Volunteering and to undertake a hands on volunteering project, by doing so adding to their green flag status. It can also enhance their school's surroundings by having a tidy up or by planting a spring garden.
Organisations can utilise NVW to celebrate and thank their volunteers as well as a means of publicising volunteer opportunities and the organisation itself. The choice of events is endless and up to the community and voluntary group to decide. To date celebration based events have included:
• coffee and cake thank you mornings
• tree planting ceremonies
• certificates of appreciation awards
• creation of a volunteer wall of fame
Groups can also get involved in NVW by hosting a volunteer involving opportunity that enables volunteers to participate. Examples of such events include:
• clean up
• flower planting
National Volunteering Week is the one week of the year when we encourage everyone to give volunteering a try. At Kerry Volunteers Centre we have a list of over 150 volunteer opportunities available to Volunteers throughout Kerry. This list can be accessed on our website www.volunteerkerry.ie. Volunteers can register and apply for volunteer opportunities here also.
Get involved and get social
Volunteers registered with Kerry Volunteer Centre clocked up an amazing 14,500 hours of volunteering worth an estimated economic value of over €290,000 last year. There are many benefits to getting involved which can be seen from our previous blog "10 Reasons to Volunteer in 2015".