As part of our drive to recognise volunteers and the work they do in our community, the Westmeath Volunteer Centre (WVC) is launching their Volunteer Credits System (VCS).
Through the VCS, we hope that ALL companies and firms in Westmeath can put a value on the work that volunteers do in their community and give them the recognition they deserve. Many groups and clubs have no funds to buy thank you cards or even buy volunteers a cup of tea and this is where we hoped YOU can help.
Consider this, If you valued 10 hours voluntary work as equalling €5 (Actually, research has suggested that the roles volunteers play as being equal to €21 per hour!), would you not consider offering a volunteer a free coffee with their sandwich? Or a percentage off your services or percentages off their purchases? Every company in Westmeath, potentially has volunteers who will shop there every day. That little bit of recognition to them could have more of an effect than any advertisement.
All of the recognition deals for volunteers could be offers that your business already offers. However, volunteers will visit knowing that your business gives these deals!
The VCS will be totally managed by the Volunteer Centre whereby a Volunteer will earn a credit for 10 hours Voluntary work. Every business that recognises volunteers will be listed in a handbook that every volunteer has and they can “Cash in” their credit in these businesses.
So, how about it? What would your company see as an offer to volunteers as a way of recognising the work they do?
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Some examples are on the page. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 086-1743470 if you feel you can join in this exciting and mutually beneficial project.
Westmeath Volunteer Centre was established in 2006 to meet the needs of those volunteers looking for opportunities and groups needing volunteers. The centre is funded by the Department of Environment, Community and Local Government. It acts as a broker to volunteers and volunteer engaging groups to improve the quality of volunteering in Westmeath.