Really! Here are five things you can do—in 30 seconds or less—to make your volunteers feel appreciated.

  • Smile.
  • Use their names (or learn their names, if you need to!).
  • Be positive (mention the good things you are hearing about their performance, their faithfulness, or their attitude).
  • Pray for them (ask them what you can pray for, and then be sure to let them know you are praying!).
  • Ask questions (about their family, job, ministry, hobbies).

Appreciating your volunteers doesn’t have to be formal or part of a program; these simple efforts will let your volunteers know you care.