“Not everyone gets to see the harvest, and some roles are simply farming. Volunteers need to hear stories about the fruits of their labor to reinforce importance of their role.” – Brandon Anderson
Three Reasons to Reward Volunteers
As a volunteer, it is very easy to feel discouraged. As a leader, we need to intentionally do everything in our power to make sure that our volunteers know that they are valuable, appreciated, and loved.
Below are three reasons, out of thousands, to reward our volunteers.
#1: To show that they matter to us
We are not more important than our volunteers and our ministry is not more important than our volunteers. In Matthew 25:40, Jesus says that, “… as you [do] for one of the least of these…you [do] it to me.”
If our volunteers do not matter to us, then we need to stop leading.
One of the ways that we can show our volunteers that they matter to us and that they are just as important as us, is by rewarding them for their service.
#2: To show that they matter to others
Many volunteers matter to others a lot more than they often realize they do. Volunteers are sometimes able to touch the lives of people in a very significant way.
One of the ways that we can show our volunteers that they matter to others is by rewarding them for their service.
#3: Because we don’t have to
Many volunteers consider their service as being rewarding in and of itself. We don’t have to reward volunteers, but we get to! Volunteers are not usually expecting rewards, and they become joyfully surprised when they receive them!
Jesus did not have to give up His life for us, but He did. The life of Christ was the greatest gift that was ever given to and for humanity; and He didn’t have to give it, but He chose to.
When we reward volunteers, we are visibly sharing the Gospel through giving a gift that we don’t have to give!
15 Practical Ways to Reward Volunteers
- Verbally tell them that they matter and tell them why they matter
- Write them a thank you card
- Take a picture of them serving and frame it for them
- Take them out for a meal
- Have a Volunteer Appreciation Day
- Publicly praise them
- Spend more time with them than you usually do
- Spend a day volunteering with them
- Give them a day off
- Give them a “volunteer journal” to record their experience
- Give them a gift card
- Give them a globe to symbolize that they are making a difference in the world
- Give them a pack of seed for them to plant to symbolize that they are planting seeds in the lives of people
- Give them a candle to symbolize that they are a light in the darkness
- Give them a book that will help them grow as volunteers