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.

2 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

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