This April will mark the fifth year The Spark Mill and HandsOn Greater Richmond, a program of the Community Foundation, have partnered together to host the “Power of Good” – a celebration for National Volunteer Week to honor community members who are making positive change in the region.
The event page says, “As believers that nonprofits can and do change the world, and that volunteers are essential to making that happen, this is our platform of thanks. We want to recognize all those in the region and are asking nonprofits, faith communities, schools, friends, and family to submit the people they know who power good.”
Recognize Your Volunteers
The recognition element of the Power of Good is simple and straight-forward. Just fill in the online form with the person’s information (and yours) and in 20 words or less, explain why they “power good in Greater Richmond”. It can be a volunteer, a neighbor, a colleague, a family member or friend and you can submit as many names as you want, by April 9th.
The person will be notified of the recognition and invited to a celebration later in the month (more details below). An interactive map on the website shows “where all the good work is being done in our region” – a new element added this year that plots out the various organizations where volunteers have been recognized.
Get Helpful Resources
On the Power of Good website there are recognition resources, ideas and tools for nonprofits to use during April’s National Volunteer Month/Week and throughout the year. You can download a “thank you” postcard to send out, watch recognition webinars and learn about other national award opportunities. There is also a place for nonprofits to publicize their own local volunteer recognition event, award, or campaigns to the rest of the community.
Celebrate the Power of Good
On Tuesday, April 17th, from 5:30-8:30pm, the organizers are hosting a free community celebration at Blue Bee Cider in Scott’s Addition. The event will be a chance to learn about the great work being done by Richmonders and the impact of volunteers across the region. There will be a visual recognition of all the volunteers and everyone is invited to meet up with honorees, community organizations, and neighbors for food, cider, and fun. Honorees and those who submitted them will get a special treat at the event. The Power of Good celebration event is family friendly and an open-house, drop in format. Tickets are required and can be reserved here: https://powerofgoodcelebration2018.eventbrite.com.