Finding fun ways to thank our volunteers for the their efforts can be made more fun if we celebrate the wacky or unusual holidays. April 20th is National Volunteer Recognition Day, but what about some of those other fun holidays? We’ve found a couple of cuties in April that can end up being a great way to celebrate our volunteers.
April 9th is Name Yourself Day. Get a little pack of “Hello, my name is…” stickers and let all your volunteers choose a wacky name for themselves. Start it off yourself by choosing a funny name for yourself. To make it more fun, try to think silly. For me, Boring Story Teller would get quite a few laughs. For Janice, Imelda Marcos Wannabe would be hilarious. Go as silly as you want, but for some you may want to put limits on the extent, such as, no foul language.
Food celebration days are very big on the Wacky Holidays list. April 17th is National Cheeseball Day. So, you guessed it. Bring in a big cheeseball for your volunteers. My favorite recipe is so simple. 8 ounces of both softened cream cheese and shredded cheddar cheese, 1 package of dry ranch dressing mix and chopped nuts. Mix up the cheeses with the ranch dressing, form into a ball and coat with chopped nuts. Presto, easy cheeseball.
The 22nd is National Jelly Bean Day, the 23rd is National Zucchini Bread Day and the 26th is National Pretzel Day. I think you get the idea. You can also use some whacky holidays to give little personalized gifts, like refrigerator magnets. We go for every excuse in the book to show our volunteers how much they are appreciated.
Choose a wacky holiday and do something small to say thanks to your volunteers.