What is the Volunteer Recognition and Appreciation Hub?
The Volunteer Recognition and Appreciation Hub is a central place where volunteers and chapter leaders can check out ideas, examples and resources related to improving recognition and appreciation for volunteers in their chapter.
At SCORE HQ, we recognize that there is not a one size fits all approach to recognition and appreciation of our volunteers. Each chapter will have unique methods of providing recognition and showing appreciation that will be the most genuine for their volunteers. The purpose of the Hub is not to tell chapters what they should do, but rather, provide inspiration on what they can do and the resources to help make it happen. Our goal is that chapter leaders reference the Hub, use the resources available, and tailor what they've received to fit the needs of their specific chapter.
Importance of Providing Recognition and Expressing Appreciation
Volunteers are the lifeblood of SCORE, and it is imperative that they are fully engaged with the organization. A huge part of ensuring that engagement is making sure that volunteers are both recognized for the work they do that changes lives and impacts communities, as well as appreciated for the sacrifices they make and the efforts they give to the organization overall.
SCORE HQ has a responsibility to provide recognition and express appreciation as much as possible, but the efforts at the local chapter level are what will be most effective for our volunteers. Chapter leaders know their volunteers best - they know the amazing work that is being done at the local level AND what their volunteers would find most valuable from a recognition or appreciation perspective. Not every chapter will have a large, formal program, but every chapter should be finding ways to provide recognition and express appreciation to their volunteers on a regular basis.
Check out the breakout pages below to get started!
Check out the Volunteer Recognition page for information on volunteer recognition and what it looks like at the local chapter level.
Various ideas and suggestions are presented, as well as specific examples from multiple chapters.
Check out the Volunteer Appreciation Page for effective ways to show genuine appreciation to all volunteers in your chapter.
Innovative methods and useful tips are presented, as well as specific examples from various chapters.
Interested in implementing some of the suggested methods of recognition or appreciation?
We created this resource portal which contains templates, resources, and relevant contact information to help you get started.
Recognition Task Force Acknowledgement
We are extremely grateful for the contributions of the volunteer members of our Recognition Task Force:
- Steve Click, Chapter Chair, Indianapolis
- Karen Foelsch, Co-Chair, Kansas City
- Krista Fuller, Chapter Chair, Seattle
- RG Lineberry, District Director, TN
- David Lurie, Committee Chair, Houston
- Ken Narod, Chapter Chair, Metro NJ
- Mark Rothenberg, District Director, NY
- Michael Siegel, Chapter Chair, Savannah
- Lorraine Wardy, Chapter Chair, Orange County
Their ideas, input and personal examples were integral to getting this Hub started. We greatly appreciate all of the time and effort they have put into these discussions.