Recognize Volunteer Anniversaries

How many of those hard-working and dedicated volunteers have given to your organization for a long time? It can be decades, years, even months. But, every anniversary is another chance to appreciate the efforts of those volunteers.

If your group is big enough, and you have the funding, it’s worth throwing a party in some way to celebrate those special people and the anniversaries of their time given. But something as simple as bringing a cake on the day of the volunteer’s anniversary is a great gesture. Certainly a card thanking the volunteer for his or her time of service is the minimum.

We all love that special pat on the back for a job well done. We also want to know we are appreciated, no matter how much we try to deny it. Using anniversaries is a wonderful excuse to say thank you to our volunteers.

Many organizations use hours of service to mark milestones for their volunteers. If this is your case, make sure you celebrate those occasions with something special. Volunteer recognition and appreciation is a valuable part of managing volunteers.

Even make use of small anniversaries like first month or first six months. We all need every opportunity we can to say thank you to those vital volunteers who make sure our organizations and groups can continue that all-important work. So make use of every chance you can get. Anniversaries of every kind make a great excuse to tell our volunteers they are appreciated.


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