If you're like me, you always feel grateful for every volunteer who serves in your ministry. We know we can't do anything we do without them. They don't serve for us and they don't serve for our church. Ultimately, they serve to be a part of God's mission to reach the world and use the gifts and talents he gave them in the process. While they don't serve for us, we certainly want to show appreciation to them regularly and I'm always looking for volunteer appreciation ideas.
I don't know about you, but we're always looking for creative ways to appreciate volunteers. I never feel like we do it enough. In some cases, we can spend some money and other times we have to get real creative. To help all of us, I put together a resource with 100 different ways we can appreciate volunteers. Just fill out the form below and you'll get an email with the PDF resource.
See my favorite free idea that we have done below.
100 Volunteer Appreciation Ideas
My favorite FREE Idea We've Done
Heading into Christmas one year, our children's ministry directors had a great idea for how we could show appreciation to the insanely amazing team of volunteers who serve in our children's ministry. As we were talking through plans and ideas weeks before, there was one thing we knew..
We were flat broke.
There was no budget money available.
Whatever idea we came up with, we had to pay for ourselves or it had to be free.
Notes of Appreciation
In the end, Melissa & Lisa (Directors of Preschool & Elementary), had an excellent idea that would allow volunteers to hear from parents about how great they are and how much it means to kids and families. They contacted parents of kids in preschool and elementary at our church and asked them to send in notes, comments, letters, or anything over email that would communicate how their family has been blessed by the efforts of the C3 Kids Team and/or specific volunteers.
They printed those notes and displayed them on some boards that sat on easels in our elementary environment. Volunteers were invited to a Christmas Breakfast (provided by another generous person) before services, and were able to walk around and read all the great notes showing appreciation for what they do.
It was an amazing way to celebrate volunteers that required some work, but very little cost. You can see pictures of a bunch of the notes below.
Our Christmas Appreciation dinner. We had a movie theme, rented a Red Carpet, had our pastor and elders valet park the SGLs cars, played movie trivia games, gave everyone Red Box gift cards-everyone loved it!
We just did Red Box gift cards too! That’s awesome.
Appreciation mornings by offering themed breakfast bars before service to our amazing volunteers (waffle bar). Volunteer dinner with a downloaded YouTube video of a comedian for entertainment.
Great ideas Amanda! Thanks for sharing.
We had a Hoe Down for our volunteer appreciation night. We decorated rustic, served BBQ and hired a square dance caller. We collected quotes from people beforehand about how someone’s service in the church has impacted them. Then we printed them on individual cards that we placed all around on the tables. It was a great night!
That’s awesome! And who doesn’t love BBQ?
That is a fantastic idea!!