How to Add More Meaning to Your Volunteer’s Lives

March 29, 2017 | 1,466 views

How to Add More Meaning to Your Volunteer's Lives

How to Add More Meaning to Your Volunteer’s Lives

Ever notice how hard it is to get quality volunteers on board helping your organization? You’re not alone.


The competitive landscape is heating up as more and more nonprofits reach out to communities in search of reliable volunteers. One way to help your nonprofit stand out above the rest is to deepen the meaning of their impact. Here’s how.


1. Hold an Award Ceremony

It’s one thing to say thank you to your volunteers. It’s another to go the extra mile to give them the recognition they deserve.


By holding an award ceremony, you can honor the people who have devoted time to your cause and let them leave your event with a prize that will fill their hearts with pride.


At the award ceremony, show them examples of people’s lives they’ve touched whether directly or indirectly. Bring people on stage and invite them to tell their stories. This will form a deeper connection to your cause that’ll fill their hearts long after the work they do for you is complete.


2. Let Them Take Control

Volunteers step up to the task because they know they’re good at what they do. If you micromanage them too much, they won’t feel valuable; they’ll feel more like a pawn.


Let your volunteers take control over as much as possible. For example, give them access to your shift schedule and let them schedule themselves in with an app like ScheduleAnywhere. Don’t just invite them to a meeting or event. Instead, let them decide when and how they’ll contribute to your overall mission.


3. Make the Perks Extra Enticing

Your volunteers are sacrificing their time to help you achieve your goals. There should be incentive to leave friends and family behind for a few hours (or more) so that they can come together to watch your organization succeed.


Give away enticing perks to your volunteers. For example, offer free admission to your event, give away swag, feed them, and give them a space to unwind so they can connect with other volunteers. This won’t just leave them feeling satisfied right away, it will also help them to feel recognized, appreciated, and a valued part of your team even after they leave your event.


4. Get Social

Social media is a great way to spread the word about your cause, but how about spreading the word about your volunteers?


There are a variety of ways you can use social media to honor your volunteers:


  1. Encourage them to post about their involvement with your organization for public recognition.
  2. Post a public thank you and name each volunteer by name.
  3. Share inspiring stories about each of your volunteers.


Not only will this help your volunteers feel appreciated and get the public recognition they deserve, it’ll also help you attract more people with a giving heart.


Giving Back

You do a lot to give back to your cause. Now, continue that same giving spirit and give back to the people who do so much to make your nonprofit a success.


Author Profile Jon Forknell is the Vice President and General Manager of Atlas Business Solutions, Inc., a software marketing company specializing in employee scheduling software, including ScheduleBase employee scheduling software, and other business software solutions. In the past, Jon has been recognized by the U.S. Small Business Administration as a SBA Young Entrepreneur of the Year. Atlas Business Solutions was named as one of Software Magazine’s Top 500 Software Companies in 2004 through 2007 and again in 2010, 2013 and 2014.

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