Volunteers are the backbone of non-profit organizations. It’s important to make sure they feel appreciated. You don’t need to roll out the red carpet to make your volunteers feel great. Keep reading for 25 low-cost volunteer appreciation ideas.
1) Handwritten cards
This is the number one way to show your thanks. Handwritten notes are a lost art, so it means a lot to receive one. Pick out an attractive card (or make your own) and write a meaningful note to each of your volunteers.
2) Potted plants
Potted plants are the gift that keeps on giving. Find a plant that does well indoors. Make sure to get a nice pot. You can personalize the pot, or just leave it so your volunteers can use it as an office or home decoration.
3) Framed photo or certificate
Frame a certificate of appreciation with a great photo of your volunteer. This is something they can be proud to hang up at their home or office.
4) Movie night
Everyone loves a movie night! Depending on your budget, you can go big or small when it comes to movies. You can rent out a theater at your local cinema, or show a movie at your office building. Just ask your volunteers to bring a comfy chair!
Host a cookout for your volunteers at a local park. Instead of taking everyone out to eat at a restaurant, a cookout is a cheaper alternative. Plus, volunteers can play games and enjoy the weather together.
6) Social media volunteer appreciation post
Make a volunteer spotlight post on social media. Include a good picture and detail how the volunteer helps your organization. Public appreciation on social media is free and the volunteer can share it with friends.
Here are some more great appreciation ideas:
7) Gift card
8) Personalized mug with treats
10) Branded t-shirt
11) Photo album
12) Compliment chalkboard wall
13) Designated parking spots
14) Thank you box
15) Night out for parents
16) Jar of local honey
17) Tote bag
18) Potted thyme plant
19) Reusable water bottle
20) Set of permanent markers
24) Favorite candy