Volunteer Recognition from A To Z


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VolunteerSpot provides this free eBook filled with ideas (from A-Z) to help you thank, recognize and reward your volunteers. Most ideas are no cost/low cost and all are guaranteed to put a smile on the face of your volunteers, share your gratitude and inspire loyalty.

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Volunteer Recognition from A To Z

  1. 1. Inside this eBook: Creative, inspirational, and manageable ideas for recognizing volunteers Volunteer  Ways to say thanks without breaking theRecognition bank! From A‐Z A FREE VolunteerSpot eBook
  2. 2. VolunteerSpot Philosophy At VolunteerSpot, we believe that volunteers should be rewarded for stepping forward and sharing their time and talents with those in need. All too often, volunteering means putting up with a certain amount of hassle or Please feel free to post this ebook on your blog frustration – whether that is or email it to whomever you believe would late night emails, reply-all benefit from reading it. messages, reminder phone THANK YOU! calls, or searching for a parking space. Our sponsors enable us to ~ Team VolunteerSpot provide FREE tools that simplify volunteering, powering your good work in schools and clubs, in your congregation and neighborhoods. We can’t find you a parking space, but with VolunteerSpot,© 2011, VolunteerSpot DOING GOOD Just Got Easier! DOING GOOD just gotCopyright holder is licensing this under the Creative Commons easier!License, Attribution 2.5.http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.5/
  3. 3. It’s Easy to Say Thanks!People volunteer because they want to help others and make a difference. Itgoes without saying, people always appreciate recognition for their services.Unfortunately, many organizations can’t afford the type of gratitude they feeltheir volunteers deserve. We have provided some creative ways to recognizevolunteers for little or no cost. VolunteerSpot helps coordinate these eventswith 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. Volunteer Recognition A to Z / VolunteerSpot , DOING GOOD just got easier!
  4. 4. AA Simple Note With aSmall Gift Goes a Long WayCandle: "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: "Were 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: "Its easy to measure the difference you make ‐‐ youre amazing!“Groups Logo Hat: "Our hats are off to you! Thanks for all you do!" Shirt: "We know youd give the shirt off your back... so heres an extra one  for the next time you give your all." Plant: "We grow luckier every day youre with us.“   Volunteer Recognition A to Z / VolunteerSpot , DOING GOOD just got easier!
  5. 5. B, CBars 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.  Volunteer Recognition A to Z / VolunteerSpot , DOING GOOD just got easier!
  6. 6. D, EDigital Photos: Designate  Employer Thanks: Send a thank someone to take photos of volunteers  you note to the volunteer’s employer “doing good” at various events and  for sharing such a treasured  resource.functions throughout the year. Print a digital photo of each volunteer inside a card and write a hand written personal  Everyone Wins: Ask local note. What a great way to say thanks in  merchants join you in recognizing a very personal way! volunteers  by offering a gift card or  special discount on their services or  products. Include restaurants, boutique  clothing stores, greeting card/gift shops,  and gas stations. Design a "Volunteer  Appreciation Card", listing the  merchants name on the back. It’s a  "win‐win" for the community, and a  good marketing tool for the shop  owners. Volunteer Recognition A to Z / VolunteerSpot , DOING GOOD just got easier!
  7. 7. Save Time! Plan Your Recognition Events with VolunteerSpot! VolunteerSpot’s free, online scheduler makes it easy to get the help you need during your recognition events. One‐click  sign‐ups and automated confirmations and reminders help  everyone keep their commitments. Volunteer Recognition A to Z / VolunteerSpot , DOING GOOD just got easier!
  8. 8. F, G, H Food: Nothing says “THANKS!” like some home‐cooked food! Organize a pot‐luck  luncheon to thank your volunteers. Invite every on in the group to join in, as well as  members of the community who may have benefited from the volunteers’ time, to  come together and express their thanks publicly! Goodie Bags: At your next recognition event, goodie bags  (decorated lunch bags can work, too!) and fill with treats, teas,  and a seed packets. Add a hand‐written note, and hand out to  the volunteers. Holiday Tree: Take photos of each volunteer. Glue the  photos to pieces of  3” x 6” card stock paper, punch holes at  the top for string and hang them around the office holiday  tree. Display the tree at an appreciation event, or any other  visible location.Volunteer Recognition A to Z / VolunteerSpot , DOING GOOD just got easier!
  9. 9. I, J, K Ask localbusinesses to donate Inspirational Cards: Rummage through your  arts and crafts table for all types of colorful paper, items such stamps, extra ink and fun scissors. Use the scissors to as cards or create a decorative border, stamps for décor and send  a special message ("Keep smiling" or “We wouldn’t  terra cotta be able to make it without you") Volunteers love the  pots in personalized touch. exchange Jazzed Up Placemats: Take random photos of  for free your volunteers doing their various volunteer work.  Scan/print some of the photos, attach them to legal advertising paper and laminate to make "placemats". Use the  and placemats as a surprise during a recognition event. promotion! Kids Give Thanks: Ask the children to paint  terra‐cotta pots. On the rim, with gold paint, write  "Thank you for helping us grow!" Place a packet of  flower seeds and a certificate inside the pots. Have  the children present the pots to those special  volunteers.  Volunteer Recognition A to Z / VolunteerSpot , DOING GOOD just got easier!
  10. 10. L, M, N, O Life Savers: Hand out rolls of Lifesavers candy  with a mailing label stuck to it that read "Thanks for  being a lifesaver!” Multi‐purpose Tote Bags:  Purchase neutral  colored tote bags or ask for donations from your local  craft store. Have students decorate the bags and add  a “thank you” message. Night on the Red Carpet:  Award your  volunteers with an "Oscar" for their hard work. Make  the award using a votive candle turned upside down  with a pom‐pom for the head and googly eyes. Use  pipe cleaners for arms. Oatmeal Cookies: Just a simple gesture like  providing cookies or other snacks will make  volunteers feel appreciated.  A bowl of fruit or other  healthy alternatives are also a good idea. Volunteer Recognition A to Z / VolunteerSpot , DOING GOOD just got easier!
  11. 11. P, Q, RPhoto Album: When a long‐term volunteer decides to retire, put together a photo album of projects they’ve worked on and people they’ve worked with. Give everyone cut‐out paper stars to write farewell comments, and place them throughout the album. Quotes: Give each volunteer a framed quote  relating to volunteerism. They can display it on  their desk or hang it on the wall. Every time they  look at it, they can reflect on the service they  have been providing.  Recharge Zone: Offer facials, manicures,  massages, or golf lessons (on a small putting  green), bring in a big comfy chair for foot baths,  set aside one room for meditation and some  spiritual readings complete with incense to  volunteers. Have lots of fluffy towels, relaxing  music and flowers. Your local nail salon, sporting  goods store, chiropractor, massage therapist or  spa will be thrilled to participate in exchange for  some advertising.  Volunteer Recognition A to Z / VolunteerSpot , DOING GOOD just got easier!
  12. 12. S, T, U A little bit of recognition goes a long way! Special Note of Thanks: If your volunteers  track their hours, attach a note of thanks to their  timesheets once in awhile, from the staff or from  those who receive the volunteer’s services. Thanks You Scrolls: Short on cash? Ask staff  members to provide quotes about the value of  volunteers in their areas. Print the quotes, roll up  the paper, and tie them with a ribbon to make  them look decorative. Unique Roots Vase: An inexpensive and  personal gift can come from the local dollar store.  Present a large vase full of water with colorful  rocks at the bottom and a live plant at the top. Use  the bottom of a clear plastic cup to hold the plant  from falling down into the water. Add a note;  “Thank you for helping us establish our roots.”Volunteer Recognition A to Z / VolunteerSpot , DOING GOOD just got easier!
  13. 13. V Volunteers Make a World of  Difference:  Borrow a few globes for decoration and create  paper banners with the above message printed on  them to decorate walls.  Find world maps at a local book store to use as  table decorations Ask volunteers to come to the event dressed in  outfits that represent their cultural heritage.  Use VolunteerSpot to organize a pot luck event,  emphasizing ethnic foods from around the world.Volunteer Recognition A to Z / VolunteerSpot , DOING GOOD just got easier!
  14. 14. W We Appreciate You! Collect the following items, along with the “instructions”,  in zippered bags, and present to volunteers as goodie bags at your next recognition event. • Paper Clips: Paper clips have many uses, just like each  volunteer has many talents. • Rubber Bands: Rubber bands represent the flexibility  that all volunteers need to have. You can adapt to any  different situation. As volunteers, you can also stretch your  own abilities to have new opportunities. • Band Aids: Band aids help others and are sensitive to  others feelings, just as volunteers have to be keyed‐in to the  feelings of those they work with. • Balloon: This balloon expands and grows as you learn  from others when you volunteer. • Heart Sticker: This heart represents the ability to reach  out to others. You care about others too.Volunteer Recognition A to Z / VolunteerSpot , DOING GOOD just got easier!
  15. 15. X, Y Excellent Bookmarks and Posters: Use  childrens drawings to make a bookmark. Laminate it and  include a message on the back. Ask children to create  hand‐drawn "Thank You Posters" using poster board,  crayons, markers, paints, etc. You will be missed! When a volunteers resigns  their position for one reason or another, recognize them  with a care package. Wrap some items in a reusable  plastic container. Tailor the items to the journey the  volunteer will be pursuing. For example, if someone is  moving to a new city,  include a small clay pot and forget‐ me‐not seeds to plant in their new home, a wooden  spoon to help make nutritious meals, a scented candle to  light the way in their new path. The container itself can  be used to carry valuables in from one home to another.  Write small notes on each gift to explain the meaning  behind each one.Volunteer Recognition A to Z / VolunteerSpot , DOING GOOD just got easier!
  16. 16. Z Zippy Notes:With a few simple Bags of mixed nuts: "We would go nuts without clicks, VolunteerSpot you!”  Mint: “Each volunteer is worth a mint. You are very can help you organize special and really make a difference.”your next volunteer Lifesavers: Send a note to the volunteers’ family recognition event – and/or their boss: “Your loved one/employee and it’s free! makes a special contribution to our organization.  He/she is a lifesaver!” Hershey Kiss: “A big thank‐you from the many Just log on to people whose lives you have touched over the www.Volunteerspot.com years.”to get started! A safety pin: “To remind you that you are bright,  sharp and indispensable!” Volunteer Recognition A to Z / VolunteerSpot , DOING GOOD just got easier!
  17. 17. Simplify ALL Parent VolunteeringHelping parents, teachers and volunteer leaders coordinate activities and events simply and easily all year round! • Soccer Snacks • Scout Campouts • Walk‐a‐Thons & Fun Runs • Swim Meets • Sports Tournaments • Vacation Bible School • Girl Scout Cookie Booths • Neighborhood Clean ups • Coat, food and toy drives and more . . . Class Parent Volunteer Recognition A to Z / VolunteerSpot , DOING GOOD just got easier!
  18. 18. Additional ResourcesClick here for Sample Class Parent Letters: www.budurl.com/BTSSampleLettersSee our other free eBooks with ideas andbest‐practices for: • School Carnivals • Teacher Gifts • Family‐Friendly Volunteering • Fundraising with Kids • Bake Sales • Talent Shows and more . . .  www.VolunteerSpot.com/ebooks Class Parent Volunteer Recognition A to Z / VolunteerSpot , DOING GOOD just got easier!
  19. 19. We love to hear what you have to say! If you: Liked this eBook Thank Shared this eBook with a friend Used some of the ideas in this You! eBook, or came up with some of your own Love volunteering Thank you for downloading this Want to be more involved with FREE eBook from your kids’ school VolunteerSpot. Want your kids to be involved with sharing, caring, and benefiting We take the hassle out of others volunteering and make it point- and-click simple to schedule all …And much more! your volunteer activities with our FREE, powerful, real time Be sure to visit our blog to post calendar sign up tool. your comments and read what other volunteers have to say! http://blog.volunteerspot.com© 2011  VolunteerSpot, DOING GOOD Just Got Easier!Copyright holder is licensing this under the Creative Commons License, Attribution 2.5.http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.5/