Creative, inspirational, and manageable ideas for recognizing volunteers
Ways to say thanks without breaking the bank!
A FREE VolunteerSpot eBook
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It’s Easy to Say Thanks!People volunteer because they want to help others and make a difference. It goes without saying, people always appreciate recognition for their services. Unfortunately, many organizations can’t afford the type of gratitude they feel their volunteers deserve. We have provided some creative ways to recognize volunteers for little or no cost. VolunteerSpot helps coordinate these events with our free,easy to use online scheduler and signup sheets. This e‐book includes fresh ideas from A‐Z on how to say “THANKS!” to volunteers who help your organization do good! We’ll also provide tips for using VolunteerSpot’s free online tool to organize your recognition event.
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A Simple Note With aSmall Gift Goes a Long Way
Candle: "No one can hold a candle to you." Light Bulb Craft Card: "You light the way ‐‐ thanks for your glowing enthusiasm!" Permanent Marker: “Thanks for your lasting and permanent contribution!" Lucky Charms Cereal: "We're very LUCKY to have you!" Gold Chocolate Coins: "Volunteers are worth their weight in gold" Chocolate Mints/Peppermint Patties: "Your service is worth a mint to us!"Ruler/Tape Measure: "It's easy to measure the difference you make ‐‐ you're amazing!“ Group's Logo Hat: "Our hats are off to you! Thanks for all you do!" Shirt: "We know you'd give the shirt off your back... so here's an extra one for the next time you give your all." Plant: "We grow luckier every day you're with us.“
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Bars of Chocolate: Flat chocolate bars work best with
personalized candy wrappers. You can make and print one off of your computer, printer, plain paper, tape and scissors. Use your logo and/or note/quote ( i.e. "thank you for your contributions”) Cut out the wrappers and use tape to hold it in place. Give them out as individual recognitions, or at group events. You can also order through various on‐line companies.
Customized Cookbooks: Collect recipes from each
volunteer, a personal story about the recipe, if there is one, and put them together into a booklet. Hand them out as gifts at the next recognition event!
Contests: Enter your super‐star volunteers into local or national
volunteer recognition contests.
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Digital Photos: Designate
someone to take photos of volunteers “doing good” at various events and functions throughout the year. Print a digital photo of each volunteer inside a card and write a hand written personal note. What a great way to say thanks in a very personal way!
Employer Thanks: Send a thank
you note to the volunteer’s employer ...