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Category: Volunteer Recognition Ideas

T.G.I.F. Volunteer Recognition Idea #5

 Have fabulous volunteers? Struggling to find fun, yet affordable ways to reward them for their service to your organization? Find inspiration in our weekly T.G.I.F. idea. Each Friday, we will highlight creative ideas for a Theme, Gift, Invitation, and Food plan that make for a perfect volunteer recognition event. Let A Creative Touch inspire your creativity with promotional product ideas that show appreciation to your volunteers!


act-travel-bagT.=Theme: Volunteers Help Us Soar to Great Heights!

G.=Gifts: Give your guests the gift of convenient travel kits with our fabulous travel companion.¬† It folds down to compact size and has several useful compartments. It hangs it up for easy access, so you can see all your travel items. For your tech-savvy guests, give this convenient travel charger for cell phones, tablets, and other electronics. They’ll feel connected and organized wherever they go!

I.=Invites/D√©cor: Invite your guests to travel to new destinations for this vintage adventure themed party! Set the mood with invitations made of maps or made to look like classic passports. You can even “stamp” your passports with the party’s date, time, and location.

act-travel-chargerSelect vintage-style travel posters from famous locales-New York, London, or Shanghai, for example-to place around your venue. Add to the classic travel vibe by creating centerpieces out of vintage globes, old travel books, black and white travel photographs, and even retro suitcases adorned with travel stickers.

F.=Food/Refreshments: Continue the retro adventure theme with a classic menu and choose 1920s and 1930s-era cocktails served to famous American expats. Let your guests feel like adventurers Ernest Hemingway and F. Scott Fitzgerald in Europe, drinking Bellinis and martinis. Pair your classic cocktails with an international menu-with a travel themed party, all kinds of classic cuisines can work together: Spanish-style tapas plates alongside Chinese dumplings, followed by French desserts. Turn your menus into an adventure!

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T.G.I.F. Volunteer Recognition Idea #4

 Have fabulous volunteers? Struggling to find fun, yet affordable ways to reward them for their service to your organization? Find inspiration in our weekly T.G.I.F. idea. Each Friday, we will highlight creative ideas for a Theme, Gift, Invitation, and Food plan that make for a perfect volunteer recognition event. Let A Creative Touch inspire your creativity with promotional product ideas that show appreciation to your volunteers!

act-soup-mugT.=Theme: Volunteers are Mmm, Mmm Good!

G.=Gifts: A 16 oz.soup mug and spoon set that can be customized with your organization’s logo; it’s a gift that will warm their tummies and their hearts, reminding them that you think they are soup-er!

I.=Invites/D√©cor: Create a “soup can” invitation–use a safety can opener to open a soup can, then rinse it out and let it dry.¬† Insert your invitation and glue the lid back on.¬†¬†Your volunteers will¬†have to open the can to get all of the details!¬† You can also use empty soup cans as vases for groupings of small floral table arrangements.¬†¬† Incorporate Andy Warhol-inspired drawings of soup cans or use the warhol app to transform volunteer photos into pop art!

F.=Food/Refreshments: A soup themed gift calls for a warm and cozy soup bar.¬† Choose a selection of soups–tomato, mushroom, and broccoli cheddar are a few good choices–and arrange them so your volunteers can sample soup and soup fixings like croutons, bacon bits,¬†tortilla strips, sour cream and cheese. Add salad, bread, or sandwiches for a nifty deluxe buffet.

T.G.I.F. Volunteer Recognition Idea #3

Have fabulous volunteers? Struggling to find fun, yet affordable ways to reward them for their service to your organization? Find inspiration in our weekly T.G.I.F. idea. Each Friday, we will highlight creative ideas for a Theme, Gift, Invitation, and Food plan that make for a perfect volunteer recognition event. Let A Creative Touch inspire your creativity with promotional product ideas that show appreciation to your volunteers!

act-wine-glassT.= Theme: A Toast to a Super Volunteer!

G.= Gifts: Toast your volunteers with our custom printed wine glasses. Both practical and pretty, wine glasses allow your volunteers to enjoy their favorite red or chilled white wine while remembering the warm feelings from that first toast in their honor. If you want add an extra special touch, you could also consider bottles of private label wine to accompany the wine glass(es).

I.= Invites/D√©cor: Rich wine shades, like merlot and burgundy, compliment this theme. For greater contrast with the wines you’ll be serving, select pale neutrals and white linens to highlight the colors of your wines. Going for a wine tasting vibe? To emphasize a relaxing atmosphere, select warm lighting or candlelight, in addition to soft music. Make name card holders or buffet labels using wine corks, or even wine carafes and crates for larger displays.

F.= Food/Refreshments: Cheeses and small plates pair naturally with wine. Create tasting “stations” to pair wines with certain foods. Take the difficulty out of choosing wines with a “horizontal tasting,” which focuses on one type of wine, like pinot noir or chardonnay, from multiple vineyards. Alternately, choose various wines from one winemaking region for a “vertical tasting.”

T.G.I.F. Volunteer Recognition Idea #2

Have fabulous volunteers? Struggling to find fun, yet affordable ways to reward them for their service to your organization? Find inspiration in our weekly T.G.I.F. idea.  Each Friday, we will highlight creative ideas for a Theme, Gift, Invitation, and Food plan that make for a perfect volunteer recognition event.  Let A Creative Touch inspire your creativity with promotional product ideas that show appreciation to your volunteers!

act-custom-mmsT.= Theme: The Sweet Rewards of Volunteering!

G.=Gifts: Customized M&M’s are always a crowd pleaser! These 1-ounce custom bags come with a full color imprint and up to 3 candy colors.¬† You can have your custom logo or message on the candies.¬† Attach a note that says “Thanks for being a Magnificent & Marvelous Volunteer!”

I.= Invites/D√©cor: Choose sweet shades for this party.¬† Pick bright invitation colors for a Wonka-fantasy feeling. Make fabulous round invitations that look like lollipops out of scrapbook paper and lollipop sticks. Select a color scheme for decorations that coordinates with your food items: chocolate and vanilla, if you’re serving ice cream, or shades to match your candy items. Colorful balloons, paper lanterns, and even playful pi√Īatas can add a Candyland atmosphere.

F.=Food/Refreshments: Indulge your volunteers’ sugar-sweet cravings with a candy buffet complete with candy, cupcakes, or ice cream.¬† Arrange these fun treats in batches of several types, like bowls of M&Ms, trays of cupcakes, or dishes of GummyBears.¬†A ¬†colorful “dessert bar”¬†will delight the inner child in all your volunteers. Serve punch to highlight the sweet theme.

T.G.I.F. Volunteer Recognition Idea #1

Have fabulous volunteers? Struggling to find fun, yet affordable ways to reward them for their service to your organization? Find inspiration in our weekly T.G.I.F. idea. Each Friday, we will highlight creative ideas for a Theme, Gift, Invitation, and Food plan that make for a perfect volunteer recognition event. Let A Creative Touch inspire your creativity with promotional product ideas that show appreciation to your volunteers!

act-pizza-cutterT.= Theme: Our Volunteers are Supreme!

G.= Gift: Choose this nifty little pizza cutter which can be customized with the special message “Volunteers Are Supreme” and your organization’s logo. It’s a giveaway that says, “Thanks for giving our organization all this pizza-z!”

I. = Invitation/D√©cor: Spice up your invitations with red, green and white: Join us for pizza, praise and lots amore! To create a pizzeria vibe, cover tables with red and white checkered tablecloths; then string white lights from the ceiling. Give each guest a paper chef’s hat and a mustache to wear. For place mats, make color copies of the Italian flag or a map of Italy.

F. = Food/Refreshments: The menu is as easy as pie: Give your volunteers a slice of Old World heaven with different kinds of pizza, pasta, garlic bread, Neapolitan ice cream and cannoli!

Ideas for Honoring Our Veterans

act-veterans-saluteVeterans Day is incredibly important to me.  Thanking our veterans for their incredible service is one of my most important missions.  In fact, I was the National Commander for the DAVA, the year I founded A Creative Touch.  Volunteer work and advocacy for our servicemen and women is still a large part of my life today; I volunteer 2-3 days per week, and I am always inspired by the courage and commitment of our veterans.  I encourage others to get involved, too!

Since Veterans Day, which honors all service members, is just around the corner, there are several ways you can celebrate our military:

  • Observe Veterans Day on November 11th by attending services and events in your local community.
  • Volunteer with your local VA facility or donate to the VA here .
  • Document and learn about veteran service through the Veterans History Project, a Library of Congress program that collects and archives oral histories (interviews) from veterans. You can even volunteer to gather histories from your local veterans, if you are a student in the 10th grade or higher. Many Eagle Scouts participate in this program, so inquire with your local troop if your child is an Eagle Scout. If you are a parent, teacher, librarian, scout guide, or involved in an organization for children and teens, this website also has resources to highlight the importance of Veterans’ Day to future generations.
  • For younger students, the “Take A Veteran to School Day” program-created by the History Channel-is an opportunity to increase awareness about Veterans’ Day but bringing a veteran to your school to speak to a class or student assembly.
  • The VFW (Veterans of Foreign Wars) Foundation has created a campaign called “Return the Favor,” which allows volunteers to leave virtual thank you notes to veterans, volunteers to donate to VFW efforts, and lists special events organized by the VFW.
  • Another way to volunteer for our veterans is by¬†contacting organizations that provide care packages and other items to individual veterans and VA clinics. As one elderly veteran told the Lincoln (NE) JournalStar newspaper, a care package shows that “somebody cares” about them.
  • Operation Gratitude is an organization that delivers care packages to active duty military overseas and was the first organization to send care packages to our veterans at home. As founder Carolyn Blashek says here, “it is never too late to say thank you” to our veterans for their sacrifices. One of Operation Gratitude’s programs is a monthly care package service–you can send one veteran of World War II, the Korean War, or the Vietnam War one care package every month! You can also write a letter to a veteran as an individual or group.
  • Create a blanket for a veteran with Soldiers’ Angels “Blankets of Gratitude” program. Visit their website for instructions on how to knit a blanket for a veteran and join their Sewing Team.
  • Donate toys, services, and funds to Operation Homefront, an organization that provides a variety of services to active duty military, veterans, and their families.
  • You can also organize an independent local effort through your church, employer, or other organization. For example, employees of the University of Arkansas Medical Sciences program created their own care packages for veterans at a Little Rock facility. Working with the Red Cross, local school children, and raising over six hundred dollars of their own funds, these employees created 125 care packages, a video tribute, and even held a Veterans Education and Benefits fair “where 20 veterans’ organizations and agencies were on hand to answer questions about retirement and health benefits, education opportunities, counseling and other issues.”¬† If your company or organization decides to take on a care package project, A Creative Touch can help with the selection of items to include.

Please join me in celebrating veterans in your community this year!

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