10 Ways to Appreciate Your Volunteers

Adam J. Cheshier
4 min readAug 3, 2020

Running an organization is hard work — nobody can do it themselves. However, few organizations can afford help from traditional employees, either. That’s where volunteers come in. They are the heart and soul of your organization.

Volunteers are what makes everything go. That’s why they should be properly recognized. As a founder/ manager of an organization, you should actively improve the way you appreciate your volunteers and make sure their efforts are being noticed and awarded.

Below, we have outlined some great ways you can be thankful for your volunteers.

Best Ways to Thank Your Volunteers

Here are some of the best ways to show your appreciation to your volunteers:

1. Surprise Them.

If you record the birthdays (or other important dates) of your volunteers, use this record-keeping to show your appreciation. Surprise and please your volunteers by giving them a birthday card or calling them on Facebook. Past or present volunteers appreciate this and it takes little effort on your part.

2. Gift Them.

Gifting your volunteers for their time shows that their dedication does not go unnoticed. And if a company supports your charity brand, you can convince the company to donate gifts to you. (By the way, students love T-shirts).

3. Praise Them.

A little on-the-job praise does more than you think. Imagine any time you’ve received praise at work. Doesn’t it feel good to be re-assured you’re doing your job well? Volunteers sometimes need that extra push — especially during the particularly mundane days. Don’t let them work without the on-site motivation of your praise.

4. Listen to Them.

Many volunteers are motivated by making an impact. Perhaps they have great ideas and want to share them with you. Give them this opportunity. Ask a volunteer to join you for a coffee and a personal meeting. This is an easy practice to implement within your organization and can…

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Adam J. Cheshier

Documenting obscure pockets of the world across long-distance overland expeditions. Recently celebrated 7 years of nomadism. https://linktr.ee/adam.cheshier