National Volunteer Appreciation Week is April 10th -16th -- dedicated to letting your hardworking volunteers know that their efforts are recognized and deeply appreciated. Every school and organization that depends on volunteers to run smoothly knows that without the self-less help of these special people, nothing would get accomplished. This week is perfect for letting your volunteers know just how grateful you are for their work. VolunteerSpot is here to help you with your efforts, both through our online signup sheets and with these quick, affordable tips on recognizing volunteers.
7 Creative Ways to Say "Thank You" to Volunteers
- Send a thoughtful, handwritten thank you note. No emails. Write a heartfelt and detailed letter that really highlights all of the great things that the volunteer has done for the organization. This is getting more and more rare as we move towards online communication and this simple gesture can mean a whole lot. Bonus idea: Copy the letter and send it to the volunteer's family or employer as a thank you for sharing this valued volunteer with your organization.
- Bring in a treat for your volunteers. You don't have to cater a whole meal, just bake some cupcakes at home or pickup small chocolates or seasonal fresh fruit. Everyone loves food, and free food is even better!
- Create a "Thank You" bulletin board in the office where people can leave positive comments about their fellow volunteers, make sure that everyone receives at least one or two encouraging notes. Also post pictures of your volunteers in action.
- Flowers are always well-received, who doesn't feel special after getting flowers? Even giving out one flower per volunteer can make them feel appreciated. Attach a personal note for that extra touch.
- Enter your superstar volunteers into local volunteer recognition contests. This is a great way to show how much you think of your volunteers.
- Simply tell them how they have been an invaluable resource to your organization. Praise is always best when given in front of other people, so make sure that your good feedback is heard by others.
- If your volunteers work with children, either in the classroom or in other settings, have the kids write thank you notes. The kids can write down how much they appreciate the volunteers work and what it is that they like the most about the volunteer.
For even more ideas, see our free eBook, Volunteer Recognition from A to Z.
What are your ideas for saying Thank You to volunteers?