Top 3 Reasons to Recognize Your Volunteers after National Volunteer Week

Post Last Updated: 2 years ago

National Volunteer Week 2017 is behind us, but don’t think that means you can stop recognizing your volunteers. With a focus on volunteer recognition during National Volunteer Week, it gives the impression that once the week is over, volunteer recognition is no longer necessary.  This can’t be further from the truth.  Let’s explore the top three reasons that you need to continue recognizing your volunteers after National Volunteer Week.

  1.  Volunteers serve every day.  Most your volunteers serve throughout the year, not just during National Volunteer Week.  Recognizing them just once a year is nice. but it is far from an ongoing diverse volunteer recognition plan that satisfies, retains and engages your volunteers throughout the year.
  2. Volunteer recognition is a volunteer’s “paycheck”.  Volunteers need ongoing thanks, appreciation, recognition, and feedback that tells them they are a valued member of the team doing meaningful work.  Could you imagine forgetting to give employees their paycheck?  Well, you shouldn’t forget to give volunteers their recognition “paycheck” either.
  3. Ongoing diverse recognition is key to satisfying, retaining, and engaging your volunteers at a higher level of service and financial contribution.  Not providing real recognition that is personalized and meaningful is the same as throwing away resources and assets that your organization needs. Impactful recognition creates impactful volunteers, brand ambassadors and donors.

So as May unfolds and throughout the rest of the year, be sure to thank, appreciate and recognize your volunteers.  It is not only the right thing to do, but it is the only thing that will bring you the results and impact you are working towards.

Don’t miss an opportunity to recognize your volunteers every day!


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