Coffee, water, cookies, muffins crackers, and cheese. These are the typical refreshments that I offer volunteers.
Purchasing such products is not a big expense. It takes a few minutes to serve them. The message is what counts.
A seasoned volunteer and staff member took special notice of how we treat our volunteers and let me know the other day that these simple every day acts go a long way in letting the volunteers know how appreciated they really are.
It’s important to find ways to affirm your volunteers on a regular basis rather than waiting for a yearly mailing or event. Just as the volunteers are expected to invest in the organization, so should the staff invest in them.