Happy Volunteer Appreciation Week!

Next week (April 21-27, 2013) is the time to pull out all those great volunteer recognition ideas and honor those who help pull your Children’s Ministry together.  What?  You’re a little short on ideas?  Well, you’ve come to right place!  Here are some great ideas to show our Volunteer Team that you care:

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Personalized Magnets: You can get magnets the size of business cards with for about $10 for 25 at Vistaprint.  You could put an inspirational saying or a group picture on the magnet.  We did this once (about 2 years ago) and I still see it on my volunteers’ fridge when I go to visit.

Appreciation Stations: For National Volunteer Recognition Week, we had “Appreciation Stations”.  At each station the volunteers could pick a treat, tea, and a seed packet. All of the gifts had volunteer sayings on them.

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Photo Credit: Flickr by grytr

Memory Keepsake CD: 

  • Various volunteer groups celebrate the accomplishments of a volunteer or leader by using a service called
  • LifeOnRecord Events
  • .  The way it works is that a toll-free number is given out to fellow volunteers, and other people the volunteer has touched.  People call in with stories of their favorite moments of time spent with the volunteer, favorite memories, or well-wishes.  All the recordings are compiled onto a keepsake CD.  There is special pricing for volunteer organizations.


Dollar Store: Go to the dollar store and find cute cheap things that I can write nice sayings with for my student staff.  For example, buy Pop Rocks candy and attach a note telling them “you rock for…”  You can also find some terrific things in the Target dollar bins as you first walk in the door.

National Volunteer Week Packet: A great National Volunteer Week packet is located on the University of Nebraska – 4-H website. It has a lots of general recognition ideas!

Host a Volunteer Appreciation Lunch: Now that the weather is getting warmer, this would be fun as a backyard BBQ where volunteers brings pot luck items for lunch and the site is decorated with low-cost items from the Dollar Store. Welcome the volunteers to invite their family and friends. Take a minute to thank each volunteer.

Coffee: (Fuel for life!) Give your volunteers coffee (bag of beans in a coffee mug) or coupons to local coffee shops.  If you’ve got more eco-friendly group, consider Nalgene or Camelbak water bottles.

Hang it High: Put up a large thank-you banner with all of the volunteers’ names (make your you get them all!)


Make a Plan: 

Don’t worry if you don’t think you can pull off a Volunteer Recognition thing this week.  The important thing is that you’re taking time to do it regularly.   A nice note every few months would be good with a bigger gesture once or twice a year.  Grab a few more ideas on my Children’s Ministry Pinterest Board. 

What About You?

What are some of your favorite volunteer appreciation ideas?  Leave a comment and let other readers know!

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