I recently wrote a blog for my friends and family while I was living away. The blog was chatty, informative and included stuff I thought they would find interesting. The blog received far more interest and comments than I ever imagined. It reached people I didn’t even realise knew me. Inspired by this I decided to write a blog for volunteer managers, coordinators or people who work with volunteers in any capacity. The blog will be in the “chatty conversation style” Don’t expect perfect grammar!!! Hope you can find something to make you think, inspire you or just remind you to do something about ………….. Don’t forget please comment, reply or send me an email if you enjoyed it or hated it.
You can find a PDF version of the blog here.
This week I’d like to look at how we reward our volunteers. It’s important to get this right as it can help us to retain (and motivate) valuable volunteers. Volunteers may not expect any reward but the unexpected is often appreciated. I have seen some really lovely ideas which I thought I’d share with you.
This what some organisations gave to their volunteers on various months of the year.
April A cup cake wrapped in cellophane with a small thank you sticker on
MAY A single Carnation represents the month of May.
JUNE One organisation gave all their volunteers an apple in June. I couldn’t find anything in the article to explain why but it seems like a nice idea.
AUGUST : They made their volunteers a card (gift tag size) which said I’m filing you under A for Awesome
SEPTEMBER. They arranged a vase full of bare branches and tied all the volunteers’ names to the branches. The message said Thank you to and the volunteer’s name.
OCTOBER This organistion sent all volunteres a thank you email. The wording related to Halloween One said “we wouldnt stand a ghost of chance without you “.
NOVEMBER . Send a postcard with a snow scene on it and attach a sachet of hot choclate to warm them up.
JANUARY One volunteer coordinator wrote a personal letter to the Chief Executive telling her about individual volunteers and then sent the volunteer a copy.
Of course a simple THANK YOU can help build confidence and pride.
What will you do to reward your volunteers? Please let me know at email@example.com
Chris (Being creative with rewards )