- Express your appreciation for the individual and include what he or she is being recognized for.
- Put down why he or she is getting the recognition.
- End on a positive tone.
[State, ZIP Code]
[State, ZIP Code]
[Subject: Normally bold, summarizes the intention of the letter] -Optional-
Dear [Recipients Name],
I am writing to you to express my gratitude for your excellent support for our outreach programs which were held last month.
As a token of our organizations' appreciation for all your hard work, we have decided upon reinstating you as our honorary member.
I hope that you find this little honor enough to express how much we have appreciated all of the hard work which you have done for us.
[Senders Title] -Optional-
[Enclosures: number] - Optional -
cc: [Name of copy recipient] - Optional -
Letter of recognition. Sample letter.
Further things to consider when writing appreciation letters to volunteers
Appreciation letters are a professional means of communication to express thanks and gratitude towards people for their good deeds. The main purpose of appreciation letters is to sincerely recognize what people have done for you and their positive impact on your work life. Appreciation letters encourage the recipient to work harder and give better results than before. There are endless instances when you can express your appreciation to other people through a letter. Maybe your mentor has provided you with advice on how to go about a project; your manager has made you new connections or a supervisor has recommended you for a promotion; perhaps a colleague has helped you handle a difficult task. An appreciation letter will be a great way to say thank you.
When writing appreciation letters, make sure to express your gratitude in the beginning for the recipient to understand the intention of your letter. Pinpoint specific actions as well as their direct results. Be sure to include what you are sincerely grateful for and why. Keep your letter professional, polite, and to the point. Try to send the letters as soon as possible, when the events are still fresh in both parties' minds.
Letters to Volunteers
Letters to volunteers are letters written to people who freely offer to undertake a task or take part in an enterprise. The recipient of such letters can be any person who wishes to contribute his/her effort, time, or even money for a cause without expecting anything in return. Letters calling for volunteers need to be concise, clear, and to the point. Your letter is unlikely to hold a volunteer's attention if it is six pages long with every detail about the work or event. It is, therefore, advisable to include only the details the recipient needs to decide whether to pitch in or not.
Letters to volunteers should be formal and must follow the normal business letter format. Begin your letter by thanking the recipient for his/her continued support. State the reason you need the recipient's services or contribution and the cause your work will be supporting. If you are running an event, mention what it entails and when it will take place. Describe the kind of commitment you are looking for; whether you just require help for one day or need an ongoing commitment. Provide your contact details and close by thanking the recipient for his/her time.