Volunteer Love Languages

Wendy Douglas —  December 1, 2010

Do you know the love languages of your volunteers? The series of books by Gary Chapman has applied the 5 Love Languages to marriage, children, teens, and God.

I believe that you can also apply them to your volunteers.

  • Words of Affirmation – An encouraging word is a powerful thing. Saying thank you on a regular basis and pointing out something done well are just two ways to speak to the heart of this volunteer.
  • Quality Time – Giving this volunteer your undivided attention and sharing a conversation will impact them greatly. Face time speaks volumes for them.
  • Receiving Gifts – For this volunteer it won’t matter the amount of money you spend. The gift means that you were thinking of them and that means more.
  • Acts of Service – This volunteer feels appreciated by the little things you do for them. It might be letting them leave while you straighten the room after service.
  • Physical Touch – A pat on the back literally makes this volunteer’s day. A handshake or hug in greeting starts their day off with a smile. High fives work as well.

Do you know the love languages of your volunteers? In what ways are you speaking to their hearts?  What other way can you think of to speak your volunteers’ love languages?

Wendy Douglas

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Wendy is married to a warrior for the last 18 years and Mom to three boys. She volunteers in KidzPlace at The Gathering Church in Sevierville, TN. She reads almost anything she can get her hands on. In addition to contributing to Kidmin1124, she maintains her own blog called Saved Sister at http://savedsister7.blogspot.com/.

6 responses to Volunteer Love Languages

  1. This is a great post Wendy! They only thing I can even think to add to this great post is Make time for them!

  2. Great post idea. Now we just need a post on “How to Discover Your Volunteer’s Love Language”.

  3. I was going to say the same thing! Isn’t it usually by figuring out how they share love or give thanks to others…. that this is their love language as well. So if they are showing up to give their time for things or helping behind the scenes then acts of service is their love language. If they are a gift giver, gift them a gift. If they are always praising people with words of affirmation – then do the same for them. If they contantly hug, shake hands, or give a pat on the back that is probably what they are looking for from others. And if you find yourself simply chatting with them in the hallway for a good amount of time after an event or a meeting then they would appreciate the gift of quality time?

    The one I struggle with is acts of service.

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