April is National Volunteer Month! Volunteers are an important part of every community and should be recognized for their efforts. The genuineness of the gesture is what counts when it comes to showing appreciation to those who volunteer. Here are some ways you can celebrate and reward the priceless amount of time and energy volunteers provide.
- Write A Note: Mail a hand written thank-you note. In the digital age, a hand written note carries a lot more value than a text message or an e-mail. It’s a direct and personal way to let someone know you appreciate their work and value their time. If you can, have the people that are served by your non-profit organization craft personal thank you gifts for your volunteers. This is the ultimate gift of appreciation, and truly rewarding for volunteers to be thanked by the people they have given up so much time and energy to help.
- Hold A Celebration: Host a special event in honor of your local volunteers. Whether it’s a raffle for a cruise or a simple luncheon, hosting an event for volunteers lets them know they are valued. If an event is out of your budget, then host a company dinner or potluck in the volunteer’s honor. This way, everyone can contribute and celebrate their contributions together.
- Award The Best: Create recognition days or awards for volunteers who go above and beyond the call of duty. Set up a space to publicly display and recognize the top volunteers. Add a recognition day in the office calendar to specifically recognize top volunteers and on this day, treat them to lunch or let them have the prime parking spots for the day!
- Invite The Gang: Involve the community in recognizing great volunteers. Reach out to local officials or your mayor to organize special events for local volunteers. Often, local businesses are more than happy to donate their space or services in order to publicly acknowledge a great volunteer.
- Involve Families: Often times, those who volunteer put their projects before themselves and don’t get to spend a lot of time with their families. To celebrate a truly special volunteer, send them on a vacation or weekend-getaway with their family. They’ll appreciate the break from their work and the chance to create memories with their family.
- Give A Raise: Make the volunteer a consultant for new volunteers or the head of a new project. Giving volunteers control over projects they’ve worked on or make them leaders and advisors on events is a great way to acknowledge the time they’ve invested.
Bucks County Opportunity Council, Habitat For Humanity of Bucks County, PA and the many charities in Bucks County remind you to think of local volunteers in your community this April. There are countless ways to say thank you, but thanking a volunteer should take a little extra effort!