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.
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