Everyone is always looking for New Volunteers. How are we doing taking care of the volunteers we already have in place? Nurturing our existing Volunteer Team is a much wiser way to grow our ministry. If a ministry has a revolving door of volunteers it would be best to stop the door before adding new team members. Here’s a list of some of the best ways we say Thank You to our volunteers:
10. Just Say It – Ok, it sounds so simple. One of the best way to express gratitude is to simply tell someone how much they are appreciated.
9. Free Lunch – Take a couple of your leaders to lunch each month…food & friends are a great combination.
8. Media Scrapbook – Photos & Videos of kids and events combined in an attractive production is something they will treasure.
7. Gift Certificate – Starbucks, Baskin & Robbins, Krispy Kreme, etc. – a small gift certificate to some place they would enjoy.
6. Book – It doesn’t have to be a book about ministry. Get something you think they’ll enjoy.
5. Free Ride – Trips and events can be costly when you attend them all. Cover the costs for your volunteers.
4. Gold – Choose something that has meaning – for me it’s a Hotwheels car, I have over 1000 in my office – paint it Gold and reward an exceptional volunteer at you next team meeting.
3. Listening – Be attentive to your volunteers ideas, concerns, & suggestions. Acknowledge the thought and investment they are making.
2. Personal Contact – Card, notes and telephone calls go a long way in expressing how we feel about our team members. It can make a person’s day when they open the mail box and there’s a note of encouragement just for them.
1. Appreciation Dinner – Do it Right! This is not an event you want to go cheap on. Serve great food, create a cool atmosphere and bring in top-notch entertainment. An annual appreciation dinner can be something special that the whole team looks forward to each year.
What would you add to the list? What is a unique way you have used to express gratitude to your volunteers? Share your thoughts by leaving Comment.