Feb 22, 2016

50 Simple Ways to Say "Thank You" to Your Volunteers

65% of volunteers say they haven't heard the words, "thank you" in the last year.  Don't be that leader.  Express your appreciation to your volunteers on a regular basis.  Here's 50 simple ways to show them you're thankful.
  1. Starburst candy with a note that says, "You're the star of our ministry."
  2. Uno candy bar with a note that says, "I hope UNO how much we appreciate you."
  3. Lifesaver candy with a note that says, "You're a Lifesaver for the kids."
  4. Junior Mints candy with a note that says, "I mint to tell you how thankful I am for you."
  5. Reese's Pieces candy with a note that says, "Without you the ministry would fall to pieces."
  6. Almond Joy with a note that says, "It's a joy having you on the team."
  7. A $5 gift card to Starbucks with a handwritten appreciation note.
  8. Homemade cookies with a handwritten note.
  9. A bag of microwave popcorn with a note that says, "You are a POPular volunteer."
  10. A smores kit with a note that says, "We need smore volunteers like you."
  11. Flavored tea bags with a note that says, "You're a Tea-riffic volunteer."
  12. A bag of nuts with a note that says, "We're nuts about you."
  13. A bottle of A&W root beer with a note that says, "You're an AWesome volunteer."
  14. A bag of seeds with a note that says, "Thanks for helping kids faith grow."
  15. Bring them a latte drink and write "Thanks a latte for your heart for the kids" on it.
  16. A bag of chocolate chip cookies with a note that says, "Thanks for chipping in to help kids discover Jesus' love."
  17. A bag of York Peppermint Patties with a note that says, "Thank you for your commitMINT to the kids."
  18. A candle with a note that says, "Thanks for being a light to kids and families."
  19. Gift card to a movie with a note that says, "You're the star of our show."
  20. Gold Hershey Kisses with a note that says, "You're worth more than gold to us."
  21. Gold candy coins with a note that says, "You're CHANGING kids' lives."
  22. Fortune cookies with a note that says, "We're so fortunate to have you on our team."
  23. Fresh strawberries with a note that says, "We're so glad we picked you to join us!"
  24. A small plant with a note that says, "Thanks for planting God's Word in the kids' hearts."
  25. A plain coffee mug - write a personal thank you note on it with a sharpee marker.
  26. Hand lotion with a note that says, "Thanks for being Jesus' hands and feet."
  27. Have the kids write thank you notes to them. 
  28. Mountain Dew with a note that says, "Thank you for all you dew."
  29. Homemade soup with a note that says, "You warm the hearts of kids."
  30. Gift card to an ice cream shop with a note that says, "It's a treat having you on the team."
  31. Car air freshener with a note that says, "You're a scent-sational volunteer."
  32. Twix Bar with a note that says, "Be twix me and you...we couldn't do this without you."
  33. Coke with a note that says, "You are so-da bomb as a volunteer."
  34. M&M's with a note that says, "Much & Many thanks for all you do.  I appreciate you."
  35. Flower with a note that says, "The kids' faith is blooming under your leadership."
  36. Extra gum with a note that says, "You are an EXTRAordinary volunteer."
  37. Pop rocks with a note that says, "You rock."
  38. A Take 5 candy bar with a handwritten note that says, "I wanted to take 5 minutes to write you a note and let you know how much I appreciate..."
  39. A bag of Tootsie Rolls with a note that says, "Thank you for the roll you play in helping kids love Jesus."
  40. A loaf of fresh baked bread with a note that says, "Thank you for sharing the bread of life with the kids."
  41. Box of light-bulbs with a note that says, "Thanks for helping kids have a bright future with Jesus."
  42. Nestle Crunch bar with a note that says, "When it's crunch time...we know we can count on you.  Thanks."
  43. 7-Up with a note that says, "Have a great week...I'll be praying for you all 7 days."
  44. Box of donuts with a note that says, "I appreciate you a hole lot."
  45. A chap-stick with a note that says, "You're the balm."
  46. A roll of Certs with a note that says, "I am CERTainly thankful for you."
  47. Swedish Fish with a note that says, "You are of-fish-ially an awesome volunteer."
  48. Gummy Bears with a note that says, "The ministry would be unBEARable without you."
  49. Blueberry muffins with a note that says, "I am berry thankful for you."
  50. 100 Grand Bar with a note that says, "You're priceless to us."
Your turn.  What are other simple ways to say thank you to volunteers?  Share your ideas with everyone in the comment section below.

4 comments:

These are great options, but note, before a gift card is given--IRS can flag it as compensation and can be a liability and subject to taxes. So, a person might want to contact their church's financial administrator before giving gift cards.

Handwritten notes are great! I also like it when children thank the Sunday School (or mordern day name for kid's classes) teachers

Recognizing someone on their birthday is great too! We take down everyone's birthday and pass around birthday cards for everyone to sign.

That's an awesome idea Omar and Claudia. I'm sure it means a lot to your team when you do this. Thanks for sharing.

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