For the month of December we will explore the Volunteer of Excellence Pin. This is a great award to give as we think about this season of giving! The Volunteer of Excellence is similar to the Appreciation Pin, but is awarded at the Service Unit level, not the council level. This award is approved by your Service Unit Adult Recognition Coordinator or Service Unit Adult Recognition Committee. There is no set deadline to submit a nomination – so it can be given at any time!
Volunteer of Excellence is an opportunity to recognize volunteers who have contributed outstanding service in support of mission delivery to girl and adult members at a troop or Service Unit level.
What’s a Volunteer of Excellent look like? Carrie took over for five older girls who wanted to stay in Girl Scouts when their former co-leader decided to step down. She encouraged and helped three of her girls to complete their Silver Award and now is encouraging them to complete their Gold Awards. Carrie is an active member of the Service Team and is always willing to help with activities that supports girls. In this example, Carrie is definitely a Volunteer of Excellence!
To earn the Volunteer of Excellence pin, a fellow volunteer must nominate the awardee and one peer reference is needed to endorse the nomination. Download and complete the nomination form, located on the Adult Recognition page of our website, and submit it your Service Unit team. Celebrate the recipients of the Volunteer of Excellence award at Service Unit leaders’ meeting, awards ceremony, or other Service Unit function. Council will acknowledge all awardees in print at our Annual Recognition Event. Remember to submit a complete list of awardees in your Service Unit to Council prior to May 1.
Why is recognizing volunteers so important? Volunteers need to feel appreciated and know that they are having an impact on the community in which they serve. The result is volunteer retention! When volunteers feel appreciated and important, they are more likely to feel connected to the program and continue their involvement. There are several reasons to recognize and celebrate those involved in service: to highlight their achievements, to educate and inspire others, and simply to have fun!
For more information about the Volunteer of Excellence Pin, and all other GSWNY adult awards, please read our Adult Awards and Recognitions Quick Guide or check out our Adult Recognition web page. You can always reach out to a member of the Volunteer Experience team for more information! Connect with us by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you for all that you do!