Yes. This is so important. Technical work is vital, but is expensive. Some of that corporate cost can be reduced by making use of community work. However, if the community feels disenfranchised, it won’t contribute. I believe that community relations are absolutely essential to ensuring Meteor recovers the traction it once had - and still deserves.
About a year ago I floated an idea past MDG to allow the community to vote for people who have made outstanding contributions (technical or otherwise) to Meteor. Admins and/moderators would then award Discourse badges to those people. As a zero cost action, this would provide tangible evidence that work was appreciated.
Bounties are another area the community could get themselves involved in. Payment in $ or swag, maybe.
There are some awesome coders in this community. They should be actively encouraged and rewarded.