Inspire volunteers by letting them know their efforts are appreciated

chipmunk holding bouquet of flowers to inspire volunteers

Volunteer staff play an essential role in helping many nonprofits, church groups, and community-based organizations operate within their budgets. From setting up events to raising funds, volunteers are there when you need them most so it’s important to let them know they’re appreciated. As a conference service that provides free web conferencing services to many such organizations, we’re sharing some of our top picks for ways to show your gratitude and inspire volunteers.

1. Host a Goofy Awards Ceremony

Sometimes it’s okay to get a little..well, goofy with things. Hosting an end-of-the-year ceremony to give out awards for silly-themed titles such as “Most overly-prepared” or “The human megaphone award” can be a fun way to recognize your colorful cast of volunteers at little cost to your organization. Make a full afternoon or evening of it with food and festivities!

2. Create a Recognition Slideshare

Sometimes, we get so caught up in the day-to-day that we forget to take a step back and look at the work we’ve done. Creating and presenting a photo compilation of volunteers in action is a great way to commemorate their efforts and look back at some of the highlights of the recent past.

3. Plan a Day Outing

Maybe it’s a day at the beach, a barbecue at a nearby lake, or just a picnic at the local park, planning an outing for your volunteers to relax and enjoy themselves is an easy and inexpensive way to thank them for their hard work. In order to maximize turnout, plan this for a Saturday or Sunday when most people will be off work and be sure to schedule well in advance so volunteers have plenty of time to mark their calendars.

4. Treat them to a Dinner Banquet

It’s hard to put a price on all the hours of work your volunteers contribute to your organization, Even if it’s once a year, taking your regular volunteers out for a nice dinner banquet is an excellent way to show them that you appreciate everything they do. Contact a community banquet hall or rentable space to host a night of food and fun for your volunteers.

5. Feed Them (While They Work)free fruit plate to inspire volunteers

Everyone likes food—especially when it’s served to them at work. Providing snacks and meals for your volunteers is one of the best ways to show them that you appreciate them taking the time out of their busy day to lend a helping hand.

To really inspire volunteers, incorporate free video conferencing and free conference calling into your volunteer program

Whether you lead a prayer group, a support group, or any other type of community-based organization, free conference calling can help you spread your message, grow your membership, and cut your operating costs. Since 2000, FreeConference.com has been a leader in providing telephone and free web conferencing solutions to organizations of all sizes. With a 3-step online signup and a user-friendly conference system, FreeConference makes it easy to get you and your volunteers talking, meeting, and working towards your organization’s goals.

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