8 Simple Gifts You Can Give Your Volunteers – That Won’t Cost You a Cent!

8 Simple Gifts You Can Give Your Volunteers – That Won’t Cost You a Cent!
September 23, 2011 Sue Brage

THE GIFT OF LISTENING – no interruption, no daydreaming, no planning your response.  Just listening.

THE GIFT OF AFFECTION – be generous with appropriate hugs, pats on the back, high fives, and kind gestures.  Let small actions demonstrate your love.

THE GIFT OF LAUGHTER – clip cartoons, send funny e-cards, or humorous stories.  Show your volunteers that you are human, silly, and willing to lighten up!

THE GIFT OF A WRITTEN NOTE – a brief, hand written note may be remembered for a lifetime and may even change someone’s life.

THE GIFT OF A COMPLIMENT – a simple and sincere “I appreciate you” or “You did a super job” can make someone’s day.

THE GIFT OF A FAVOR – every day, go out of your way to do (or say) something kind.

THE GIFT OF AUTHENTICITY – Let your volunteers see your hear. Your hurts, disappointments, and your hopes and dreams. Value and build authentic relationships and show your volunteers that they can trust you.

THE GIFT OF A CHEERFUL DISPOSITION – the easiest way to feel good is to extend a kind word to someone.


  1. Andee Marks 14 years ago

    Perfect timing! Our leadership community just had a conversation Saturday about inexpensive ways to recognize/celebrate our volunteers. These 8 suggestions are priceless gifts we can easily give. I am eager to share this with the rest of our leadership!
    Oh… and #1 and #3 are my favorites!

  2. VolunteerHub 13 years ago

    Great list! It’s amazing (and quite sad) that such simple acts like listening to and showing appreciation for volunteers are often overlooked. #1 and #7 are my favorites! Thanks for sharing.

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