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Volunteer Spotlight

by the AFRDS

Meet Irene. She's the driving force behind your school's most successful fall fundraiser. She's the parent who always steps forward when the class needs a "room mom." She's the first one to arrive on the morning of the fall festival and, she's probably the last one to leave. She's always willing to lend a helping hand. She always has an extra hour in her schedule to spend reading in classrooms. Irene is a workhorse. There's no way to repay her for all of her efforts. But you can let her and others know how you feel in a way that'll make her - and your organization - feel warm and fuzzy all over. The Association of Fund-Raising Distributors & Suppliers (AFRDS) would like to help you say "thanks" to Irene and others like her. Every fall and spring AFRDS will recognize a parent or student volunteer who is making a difference in the lives of others - at school, at church, or in their community.

How It Works

If you have an "Irene" in your organization, tell us about her - or him - in 500 words or less. He or she must be at least 16 years old with a demonstrated commitment to serving your non-profit organization through volunteer activities which must include (but may not be limited to) fundraising through product sales. All nominees will be listed on the AFRDS web site ( In addition, one volunteer will be selected (by a panel of AFRDS members) and recognized with: 1) a special profile on the AFRDS web site which will include excerpts from the written nomination; and 2) a special certificate along with a $1000 check made payable to the school or non-profit organization served by the nominee.

Important Information

To be considered, all entries must contain the following information:

  • the name of the individual that you are nominating;
  • a description (500 words or less) of the volunteer service/s provided by this individual and why they stand out for their service and deserve to be recognized;
  • your name, affiliation and phone number where you can be reached during the day;
  • a daytime phone number where the nominee can be reached; and
  • the name and mailing address of the school or non-profit organization for which this person serves as volunteer.

Submit your nominations by mail or e-mail to:

Volunteer Spotlight
5775-G Peachtree-Dunwoody Road
Atlanta, GA 30342
You may also submit your nomination through the AFRDS web site:
View The Best Volunteer Nominees

What's the timing?

FALL 2001:
Nominations must be postmarked or e-mailed on or before December 1, 2001. Winners will be announced 30 days after the deadline.


About the Author:

This article is from the Spring 2001 issue of the Fundraising Edge, an online publication of the Association of Fund-Raising Distributors and Suppliers, and is reprinted with permission. Visit their web site at for more information and a look at the complete issues of the Fundraising Edge.

The Association of Fund-Raising Distributors and Suppliers will provide a complimentary list of members offering fundraising products and services in your particular state, along with a checklist for evaluating fundraising companies. To order, write to: "Fundraising Checklist-Fund$Raiser" c/o AFRDS, 5775-G Peachtree-Dunwoody Road, Atlanta, GA 30342. Be sure to let them know you heard about them from the Fund$Raiser Cyberzine.

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