Picture Your-self(ie) Volunteering! Do you, your family, faith community, friends, or coworkers serve our community? If so, we want you to snap a “selfie” (a photo of yourself) volunteering and share it on Facebook and Twitter. Be sure to add hashtag #pictureyourselfievolunteering. Going on now, we’re sharing some of our favorites on Facebook and Twitter to create an online collage showing volunteers’ collective power to make a difference.
National Volunteer Week is a great time to start getting involved. If you would like to expand your network, organize a team-building activity, learn a new skill, or bolster your resume, visit the County’s Online Volunteer Connection to search from among hundreds of opportunities for one that suits your interests and availability.
Volunteer Arlington also offers resources to strengthen local volunteer programs. If you are a community organization that depends on volunteers and are looking for new ideas to build your organization’s volunteer capacity, mark your calendar for Engaging for Impact 2014: Best Practices for Volunteer Management Professionals. At this day-long training on July 30, attendees will learn the latest trends, issues, and strategies for creating a high-impact volunteer engagement program from leaders in the field. Learn more at www.nvava.org.
Volunteer Arlington Day, Tuesday, April 22 is another great opportunity to jump-start your involvement. Coordinated by the Arlington Chamber of Commerce’s Community Action Committee, Volunteer Arlington Day is a great way for businesses to participate in a hands-on project, and for nonprofits to benefit from the help of enthusiastic volunteers. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more details and to register your project or volunteer group.
Also all volunteers are also invited to join the County’s Annual Volunteer Appreciation Celebration on Tuesday, June 3. The event serves as a community thank you to our volunteers and provides an opportunity for attendees to mix, mingle and celebrate their service. Stay tuned for more details at www.arlingtonva.us/volunteer.
Volunteer Arlington, a program of Arlington County’s Department of Human Services, connects volunteers and organizations to meet community needs by promoting volunteerism, mobilizing volunteers, and building volunteer capacity.