Over 50 percent of the adult population in the United States indicate that they are involved in some volunteer activity over the course of a year. Many of these people volunteer in churches or other non-profit organizations That is a huge work force. What motivates these people? Usually, they want to make a difference. They want to do something that helps others.
But what keeps them coming back? Why do they continue to volunteer? Or, why do they drop out? I believe the answer lies in the word “Appreciation”, or the lack of it. In my newest book, The 5 Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace, which I co-authored with Dr. Paul White, we help pastors and non-profit leaders learn how to effectively express appreciation to volunteers.