|Volunteer recognition is not an event. It is an attitude and set of behaviors that communicate sincere gratitude for the contributions that volunteers make. While a special occasion is one means to express appreciation, there are dozens of small ways in which volunteers can get the message. For example:
Formal recognition initiatives should take individual preferences and motivations into account. Some volunteers want to be acknowledged for specific achievements – e.g., managing fundraising events. Some may be drawn to activities that confer prestige or influence. Others may seek networking opportunities at which they could deepen their sense of community.
A personal touch always finds resonance. One of our Learning Community partners recognizes volunteers as well as donors in agency publications. Before mailing copies to the named individuals, staff members include handwritten notes to thank them for their service.
2013 Volunteer Recognition Study (Volunteer Canada)
Recognition Boosters: An Idea List for Volunteer Managers
Cost Conscious Ways to Recognize Volunteers (Oregon Volunteers!)
Luncheon Invitation & Agenda (Umatilla-Morrow Head Start)
Volunteer Newsletter (Umatilla-Morrow Head Start)
Volunteer News (VOA Family Relief Nursery)