National Volunteer Month is a time to recognize the importance of volunteering and being engaged in the community. Every year, April is dedicated to celebrating those who volunteer their time and talents to make our world a better place. It was originally created as National Youth Volunteer Week. In 1989, President Ronald Reagan signed it into law as National Volunteer Week. Finally, in 1994, Congress made it an entire month with National Volunteer Month.

4 virtual activities to celebreate National Volunteer Month in a remote-first world

Volunteers provide invaluable support and assistance in a variety of areas, from donating blood to providing companionship for seniors, and teaching children about the importance of staying safe. In honor of National Volunteer Month, nonprofits should highlight some volunteer opportunities and talk about the importance of these volunteers in society.

And since there is a cap on physical activities, here are ways your nonprofit can celebrate this year’s National Volunteer Month.

Use social media to share volunteer voices

Use your nonprofit’s social media handles to share pieces on improving volunteering in society, making the volunteer space better, and also amplifying the voices of volunteers, volunteer experts, and institutions that are into building the entire industry.

Gather your local and international volunteers online for a chat

Bringing together your local volunteers over an online communication platform is a great way to share ideas, knowledge and skills. It also makes it easier to find people who are interested in volunteering in your area. Examples of such platforms include Facebook, Twitter, etc. You can use this event to give your volunteers the opportunity to share their stories, their journeys so far, and any opportunities they are pursuing.

Host a virtual volunteer event

As a nonprofit, you can also host a virtual event over Zoom or any other video conferencing tool and bring together your local and international volunteers, resource persons, volunteer experts, and anyone interested in exploring the volunteer space. This is a chance for your nonprofit to highlight the good work that your volunteers are doing and to thank them for their contributions.

Volunteer for a local or international organization

While you may need volunteers for many of your causes as a nonprofit, you can use the volunteer month to provide your services to other local nonprofits that may need it. You can let your nonprofit workers volunteer and help other nonprofits, schools, or small businesses that need support. You can also make it in the form of a donation by giving out books, health equipment or even running health-screening exercises in your neighborhood.