It’s All About the Music


Do you put together a photo slide show for your agency’s volunteer recognition event? I do one every year, and it is one of the volunteer’s favorite things to see at our annual banquet.

To make a good video you have to think year round and collect lots of great pictures of your volunteers and staff in action. Having pictures that capture all aspects of your agency really makes for the best photo slide show.

You don’t need any fancy programs. I use Windows Live Music Maker on my pc to make our video. I know Macs have a free program, or this would be a great intern project for someone in video production if you want to get fancy.

You have your photos, now to put it to music. This is the part I struggle with every year. Volunteers can only hear “Wind Beneath My Wings” by Bette Midler so many times.

Here are my TOP TEN songs for volunteer video slide shows that I have used.

  1. “People Loving People” by Garth Brooks
  2. “Heartlines” by Florence and the Machine
  3. “I Lived” by One Republic
  4. “Once in a While” by Billy Dean
  5. “Best day of my Life” by American Authors
  6. “Diamonds” by Rihanna
  7. “We all Need” by Rob Anthony
  8. “Get Together” by The Youngbloods
  9. “You Gotta Love” by Rob Anthony
  10. The Classic –—  “Lean on Me” by Billy Withers

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