5 Reasons to Be Thankful for Volunteers

Guest post by Ken Myers

Editor’s Note: Tomorrow is Thanksgiving, and we know one thing nonprofits are thankful for is their volunteers. Here are some specific reasons to give thanks that there are volunteers in the world.

We are thankful for volunteersAs the saying goes, “Nothing is stronger than the heart of a volunteer”. It takes selflessness to put a foot forward and complete a task that needs to be done for the sheer fact that it needs to be done.

From those who help out in soup-kitchens for the homeless, to those who lend their talents creating websites for nonprofit organizations, the volunteer can be considered the glue that keeps the world from collapsing.

1. Recognition

Volunteers don’t generally look for praise for the tasks they perform for a nonprofit organization. They don’t relish a photo-op so that everyone can see how helpful they are. The volunteer just does what needs to be done for the sake of doing it. (That doesn’t mean they don’t deserve recognition, and don’t get inspired by it.)

2. Payments

Volunteers aren’t look for a paycheck for the tasks they perform. While a large portion of nonprofit organizations try to give a gift of some kind to show appreciation, the volunteer doesn’t give it a second thought. It’s not about getting something out of completing a task.

3. Belief

Volunteers believe in the cause they are working for, and will do what they can to help it succeed. Often this means stepping up and being proactive without even being asked.

4. Time

Many volunteers give as much spare time to the cause as they can. Sometimes, that may only be a few hours a week. In a world where many people will work two or three jobs in order to survive, a few hours may be all that is available. They should be appreciated for the time they are able to put in.

5. Skills

Volunteers often wash dishes, pour soup, and other mundane chores that many nonprofit organizations need help with. However, there are hundreds of organizations that benefit from those in technical fields to build websites, networks, and manage databases.

Volunteers believe in what your organization stands for and want to be a part of providing the best assistance possible. Although the volunteer doesn’t look for praise, we should always keep them in our thoughts for the work they perform.

Ken Myers is the founder of http://www.longhornleads.com and has learned over the years the importance of focusing on what the customer is looking for and literally serving it to them. He doesn’t try to create a need; instead he tries to satisfy the existing demand for information on products and services.

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