When a volunteer is working really hard on a program or for an organization, it is important to be recognized for work well done. Awards Programs provide an opportunity to recognize volunteers and organizations that go above and beyond. Thanking organization members not only encourages them to continue working hard, it gives a sense of place within the organization. Awards programs are something members can look forward to each year. It inspires one to push beyond what they believe they are able to do. Leaders also see the effort made, allowing members to further their organizational objectives.