Volunteering your time, energy, and often physical labor is an effort worth celebrating. Unfortunately, not everyone who dedicates themselves to their community gets the recognition they deserve. Here are three reasons why it’s important to thank someone who volunteers, whether they’ve helped you personally or not.
Recognition Builds Confidence To Continue
Volunteers do incredible work to protect, feed, clean, and build our communities. They go out of their way to improve the lives of others around them without obligation. There’s no doubt that without their kindness, we wouldn’t be where we are today.
Recognizing the effort, dedication, time, sweat, and tears that go into volunteer work encourages people to keep doing it. Even when upholding our values and doing something we love, hard days can cause our motivation to dwindle. It’s the shows of gratitude that remind volunteers why they create change, no matter how difficult.
Some Volunteer Work Is Thankless
You may ask yourself why it’s important to thank someone who volunteers when the satisfaction of the work they do seems like it should be enough. Unfortunately, not every opportunity to volunteer involves those moments of pride. With no animal adoptions to inspire you or people to help back onto their feet, volunteer work like raising domestic violence awareness is often tiresome, thankless, and demanding. Volunteers will cherish hearing just one person acknowledge the effort they put in.
Many Are Doing More Than Just ”Their Job”
Even those who look like they’re just doing their job can go above and beyond with their personal time to make an impact. For example, not every firefighter protecting your community gets paid to risk their lives to keep their neighbors safe. Even your pastor who spends time leading youth groups and comforting grieving families is going beyond for your family, friends, and community without compensation. Even a small show of gratitude goes a long way to tell volunteers that their extra efforts are recognized and respected.
Words of gratitude and appreciation live on when engraved into gift plaques that your volunteer can keep as a permanent reminder of your thanks. At Crystal Gifts, we offer a wide array of customizable options so that you can find a crystal plaque that showcases your volunteer’s work as well as their personality.
We’re happy to help you find the gift that enables you to show your gratitude to the volunteers in your life. From pastor anniversary gifts to thank your church leadership for another year of tireless dedication to elegantly designed awards to recognize the accomplishments of your community philanthropists, there’s a plaque waiting to show your message.