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Rewarding and Recognizing Volunteers


  • Accept their individuality
  • Accommodate personal needs and problems
  • Annual ceremonial parties
  • Back rubs
  • Be a real person
  • Be pleasant
  • Build you own sundae party
  • Buy a soda
  • Celebrate outstanding projects and achievements
  • Commend to supervisory staff
  • Create pleasant surroundings
  • Defend against
  • Distinguish between groups and individuals in the groups
  • Enable to grow on the job
  • Enable to grow out of the job
  • Free tickets to events
  • Greet by name
  • Have a picnic
  • Have a public reception
  • Have informal get-togethers
  • Have members to your house for dinner
  • Have them train new members
  • Help develop self confidence
  • Keep challenging them
  • Nominate for awards
  • Pizza
  • Plan a recognition edition in the student newspaper
  • Plan staff social events
  • Praise them to their friends
  • Promote a volunteer-of the-month program
  • Promote staff smiles
  • Provide in-service training
  • Provide opportunities to go to conferences
  • Recognize personal needs and problems
  • Recommendation to prospective employers
  • Respect sensitivities
  • Respect their wishes
  • Revolving chair for running meetings
  • Say ‘good morning’
  • Say ‘thank you’
  • Say ‘we missed you’
  • Send a birthday card
  • Send a valentine
  • Send Christmas cards
  • Send impromptu fun cards
  • Send newsworthy information to the media
  • Smile
  • Take time to explain fully
  • Utilize as consultants


Excellence. Our Measure. Our Motto. Our Goal.