April 12-18 is National Volunteer Week
SPRING into Action with Cabot’s Reward Volunteers 6.0 and Do Good Things in Your Community
The 1,200 farm families who own Cabot Creamery Cooperative have weathered another winter and are excited spring is finally here. It’s time to shake off the winter blues, tend to the barns, prepare the fields and celebrate spring – the season of renewal.
Speaking of renewal, we’re pleased to announce that our hugely successful Reward Volunteers program is taking on a brand new look with the launch of Reward Volunteers 6.0 on April 14. The launch of RV 6.0 coincides with National Volunteer Week, April 12-18.
What’s new about Reward Volunteers 6.0?
- Our all new web-based platform provides an improved user experience through ease of use and new functionality.
- You can access Reward Volunteers 6.0 through any device that can access the internet! That means your iPhone, Android, Mac, PC, Tablet, Laptop or desktop computer.
- Reward Volunteers 6.0 has lots of great new prizes including New England gift baskets, Cabot cheese, dream vacations, and much more, Just ask Jeanne Hughes, of West Chester, PA. Jeanne is the winner of our Reward Volunteers 5.0 2015 Cabot Community Celebrity Cruise Award. Jeanne will be joining other Cabot Celebrity volunteers from around the nation on an all-expense paid 8-day/7-night all expense-paid Eastern Caribbean cruise aboard Celebrity Cruise Line’s Reflection, this November!
Equally exciting, we’re proud to announce that you and a guest will also have a chance to join Jeanne on the cruise. That’s right, we’ll be selecting another dedicated volunteer in May to join Jeanne and nearly 50 other volunteers, their guests and Cabot staff to relax, recharge, attend social media training sessions to help promote the good work you do for your non-profits, and have fun – all because you use Reward Volunteers.
Make sure to join the social media community using #RewardVolunteers and posting your activity online!
Farmers’ Gratitude Grille
The Cabot Farmers’ Gratitude Grille will be busy throughout the month of April as our farmers honor volunteers from organizations in Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania and New York with delicious, healthy hot lunches.
The Gratitude Grille will be in the following cities to Celebrate National Volunteer Week:
April 10: Dundalk, MD: Bread and Cheese Creek Clean-Up: 100 volunteers
April 11: Silver Springs, MD: Montgomery Parks and Rec Clean-Up: 200 Volunteers
April 12: Washington, D.C.: Cherry Blossom Run: 1500 volunteers
April 14: Philadelphia, PA: Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House: 75-100 volunteers
April 15: Valley Forge Casino: United Way of Philly 350 volunteers
April 16: Bel Air, MD: Habitat For Humanity: 75 volunteers
April 17: Alexandria, VA: Senior Services of Alexandria (MOW Affiliate)
April 18: Silver Springs, MD-A Wider Circle: 50 volunteers
April 21: Buffalo, NY: American Dairy Association: 75 volunteers
April 24: Buffalo: PBS-100 volunteers: 50 volunteers
April 27: Buffalo: American Red Cross: 100 volunteers
Points of Light and National Volunteer Week
National Volunteer Week, a program founded by Reward Volunteers corporate partner, Points of Light, was established in 1974 and has grown exponentially each year, with thousands of volunteer projects and special events scheduled throughout the week. National Volunteer Week is about taking action and encouraging individuals and their respective communities to be at the center of social change – discovering and actively demonstrating their collective power to make a difference through volunteerism.
Points of Light is the world’s largest organization dedicated to volunteer service and mobilizes millions of people each year to take action to change the world. To bring the power of people to where it is most needed, Points of Light inspires more people to become volunteers, increases the impact of volunteer service through unified programs, equips volunteers to solve specific problems, and perhaps most importantly, creates a culture that encourages volunteerism.
Leading By Example
As hard-working dairy farmers, we know the value and importance of volunteerism. We serve our communities in countless volunteer ways including serving at food pantries, organizing community cleanups, building playgrounds, serving on school boards and non-profit organizations, and promoting volunteer service through our business and social channels and working closely with our vendors to ensure we are all doing as much as we can to make the world we live in a better place. In the past year alone, more than 170,000 hours were logged on Reward Volunteers by 2,450 passionate volunteers, to the benefit of 2,402 organizations, improving lives and communities, and inspiring thousands of friends on Facebook to do good.
Time – it’s one of life’s most precious gifts. We can’t think of a better way to use that gift than to give your time to those who need it the most. The time you give when you volunteer can be more precious and more valuable than money. Making the world a better place can be accomplished one hour of caring at a time. Your volunteer service doesn’t have to cost you a dime. All you need to do is give of your time and you will help make the world a better place.
There are so many ways to connect with an organization that needs your help. Are you a pet lover? There’s probably an animal rescue shelter near you that could use a helping hand. Are you looking for a way to thank soldiers for their service? Volunteer to support a local military family or create a fundraiser to help a wounded warrior. Is there a medical issue you care deeply about or has challenged you or your family? Volunteer to raise funds for causes like The American Cancer Society, Muscular Dystrophy Association, March of Dimes or any one of the many organizations focused on health and patient care. Or you can volunteer to prepare and serve your community in the event of a disaster. Points of Light’s Good and Ready initiative is one of the nation’s leading programs focused on disaster preparedness, with more than 39,000 people who have pledged to be ready in case of a disaster.
How Can You Help?
Visit Points of Light’s resource center at http://www.pointsoflight.org/get-resources for tips and tactics to help volunteers, non-profit organizations, and companies, develop volunteer programs to serve their communities.
Remember, once you are ready to begin your volunteer service, be sure to log into Reward Volunteers to track and log your time. Please note that you must create a new account, as your previous credentials will not carry over. Also the iPhone app as been retired in an effort to make logging time easier for all no matter what platform you use. Don’t forget to share with your friends via Facebook to inspire them to volunteer, and win great prizes and cash for you and the non-profit organizations your serve.
Thanks to all who volunteer and make their communities better.
Here are the grand prize winners for Reward Volunteers 5.0
Announced April 14
- $500 to one non-profit org:
- Greater Pittsburg Community Food Bank
- 1- Handwoven Chenille Scarf:
- William H. Fort Myers, FL. – Blue Mission Group
- 2- Authentic Patriotism & Taylor Brothers Sugarhouse & Creamery Gift Box:
- Moira G. Milwaukee, WI. – USO Wisconsin
- Heather L. Coatesville, PA. – Red Paw Emergency Relief Team
- 1- Cloumage Chef Pack from Shy Brothers Farm:
- Van A. Haverhill, NH. – Grafton County Extension Service
- 1- Hager Farm New England Gift Box:
- Denis H. Winter Garden, FL. – Give Kids The World Village
- 4- Sending Milk Book & CowPot Seed Starters & Mellori Worthen’s Gaelic Album:
- Kate C. Keene, NH. – Monadnock Humane Society
- Stacie M. Des Moines, IA – Books From Bobby Inc.
- Barbara W. Bellflower, CA – SoCal Quilts of Valor
- Brenda P. Austin, TX. – Wells Branch PTA
- 1- Positively Ageless & Healthy Cookbook by Cheryl Forberg, & $25 Cabot Gift Box:
- Cindy W. Smithville, MO. – Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts
- Dakin Gift Card:
- Christopher J. Denver, CO. – Aspire, INC.
- 2- Free pair of Dansko Shoes:
- Karen F. Durham, NC. – UNC TV
- Varda R. Shavano Park, TX. – The Patient Institute
- 1- Neighborly Farms Cheese Sampler:
- Matt L. Fredericksburg, VA. – Spotsylvania Volunteer Fire Department
- 1- Wine Weekend at Red Clover Inn:
- Stephanie W. Waterford, WI. – USO Wisconsin