On Tuesday, January 24, 2017, many will celebrate National Compliment Day — a day of giving gratitude and celebrating the accomplishments and achievements of the people in your life by saying, “thank you!” And thanking your volunteers is no exception. After all, taking the time to recognize volunteers is important if you want to retain them and recruit new ones.
If this day isn’t on your radar, please take it as an opportunity to acknowledge the impact your volunteers make on your organization. Thank them for their time, their efforts, their insight, and their successes — whatever it is, just say thanks! This simple act can make your volunteers’ day.
In this 3-minute TED Talk, Dr. Laura Trice, a counselor and life coach, muses on the power behind thanking others. I highly recommend watching it. Being appreciated — whether through volunteer work or in life — is essential to motivation. Think about it this way: when was the last time you were thanked for the work that you do? How did that make you feel?
If it made you feel good, that’s likely how your volunteers will feel, too.
To help you commemorate this day, we’re recapping some of the top volunteer recognition knowledge from Engaging Volunteers.
Creative Ways To Say “Thanks” That Will Increase Volunteer Engagement
3 Ways To Recognize Volunteers That Will Appeal To (Virtually) Everyone
7 Ways To Appreciate Your Volunteers
8 Creative Ways To Show Volunteer Appreciation
The Five Love Language for Volunteers
Have a tip to add? Share it with us in the comment section below. Then, share your thank you’s with the community on Twitter by using the hashtag “#NationalComplimentDay.”