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Jan 27, 2016 3:05:43 PM by InitLive

5 Ways to Motivate Your Volunteers

Volunteer Appreciation

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With event budgets getting cut, more and more event planners are turning to use volunteers to help run their events. Since these resources do not get paid for doing the work, what is the best way to motivate them to do a good job and stay focused when working? We've come up with 5 great ways!


  1. People like to belong.
    Providing each volunteer with something as simple as matching T-shirts gives them a feeling of unification, belonging to something, and indicates that they have a special status.

  2. Set them up to succeed.
    Make sure they know what exactly it is that they are supposed to be doing, and what is expected of them so they can do it with confidence. Let them know how important their roles are, and what would happen if they were not to show up.

  3. Stay in Contact.
    Working alone at a new place can sometimes be intimidating. Give your volunteers extra assurance while they are alone on the field. Providing them a person to contact will help ease their mind if they were to run into trouble. Having that security blanket available will make them less nervous.

  4. Encouragement
    Encouragement and positive feedback throughout the day will help boost their morale, and help them feel like they're committing their time to a worthy cause.

  5. Free food!
    Providing your team with snacks & meals is something that can often fit into the event budget & can, in turn, be a strong motivator for the volunteers. Small giveaways also help them feel special, and a meaningful thank-you at the end of the day will help encourage them to come back for future events.


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