Volunteers are always being commended for the great things they do. They set aside time, on top of their own personal life, to change something for the greater good. Volunteers are an important part of nonprofit organizational function. If it wasn’t for the handfuls of volunteers who take on the roles and responsibilities of a volunteer, would public events be able to successfully put on a show?
As I become more involved in a variety of volunteer projects, I seem to notice how more and more people end a conversation with me by saying “thank you”—a simple phrase that has so much meaning attached to it. And I wonder—why? How is it that only a few words can be so impactful? The answer varies, but personally, I find that a person’s appreciation can be shown in a mass of different ways, but simply saying “thank you” is just as meaningful as someone giving you a rose or a thank you letter.
That is why volunteers continue to strive for what they do—the appreciation by others, the impact they create on a community, and the satisfaction of seeing others happy. People are genuinely good. Volunteers are a mass of those ‘good’ people. And those people, who focus their time and energy on bettering the world, animal care, living conditions for the poor, equality for genders, those who are just there because they want to help you in whichever way they can, those people, deserve to be recognized for the great things they do.
Volunteer appreciation and recognition is not only something that can be seen as you giving back to those who give, all the time, but also shows how a simple gesture, or a big effort, can bring together a group of people. After all, we are social beings, and enjoy being in the company of one another.
So, the next time you see a grand gesture by someone, even if it’s not a volunteer situation, thank them. Tell them how much you appreciate what they do. It will become a ripple effect, guaranteed. Thank your mom, for being your backbone; thank your dad for teaching you a valuable lesson. Thank your family, your friends, and your co-workers!
One small “thank you” can mean the world to someone else. Remember that.
Have a great day and enjoy your week, in the sunshine!