Volunteer recognition doesn’t need to be expensive

The theme of my last blog post was Keep It Simple, Stupid (KISS) and I am thinking of that again today as I read a hand-written thank-you note from the executive director of an agency I volunteer with.  As a volunteer and a prior manager of volunteers, I know that volunteers don’t want much, just:

  • An opportunity to apply their skills to make a difference in their community,
  • Recognition that they are a part of the team, and
  • An occasional heart-felt thank you for their work.

So, during National Volunteer Week, I encourage you to keep it simple: thank your volunteers for their work and let them know their work has an impact.  It doesn’t need to be a big event and you don’t need to spend money on gifts.  It doesn’t matter what your role is in the organization.  Just say thank-you. 

Click here for some other thoughts on creating a great volunteer experience.

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