100 Almost Free Ways to Appreciate Volunteers

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A few weeks ago we met with all of our KidMin staff and brainstormed for 30 minutes on free or nearly free ways we can appreciate our volunteers. Our goal was to come up with 100 ideas!

After I took out the duplicate ideas or ideas that did not meet our “nearly free” criteria we didn’t quite reach 100. But I’m thinking with your help we will reach it easily.

Leave your idea in the comments below!

100 Ways to Appreciate Volunteers:

1.    Volunteer Picnic

2.    Andy Stanley does your voicemail greeting “This is ___’s voicemail and he’s an awesome volunteer.”

3.    CG in the Main Service recognizing this volunteer

4.    Flash Mob

5.    Button to wear

6.    Backstage Pass for Main Service

7.    “The Kelsey” award (Our Waumba Host is Kelsey & she would recognize in large group.)

8.    Decorate classroom or doorway for birthdays

9.    Lake Potluck Cookout

10.  Sunday Morning Starbucks run for a volunteer

11.  Facebook updates

12.  Wall of fame – post pics

13.  Walk of fame – they walk through a tunnel of high fives and cheers

14.  Free T-Shirt

15.  Wow Trophy – you make a great crazy trophy award and present on Sunday

16.  Phone Call Appreciation

17.  Personal Shuttle Service to and from car

18.  Acknowledge Anniversaries (both volunteer anniversaries & personal)

19.  Volunteer crown of honor

20.  Volunteer Team Picture

21.  Personal Delivery (of something they love)

22.  Furniture on a Sunday for small group (Our small groups sit on the floor. Furniture for a group or group leader would stand out.)

23.  Serenade from worship

24.  iTunes gift card

25.  Text Messages (Pics from Sunday)

26.  Bulletin Board

27.  Write a song about them

28.  Homemade goodies

29.  Public recognition

30.  Sunday off

31.  Free car wash during service

32.  Impromptu Treats

33.  Their own segway (we must know someone to borrow this from?)

34.  Personal visit (bring coffee to their house our office)

35.  Connections gift card (Our bookstore)

36.  Surprise Mariachi Band (sombreros required)

37.  One-on-one meetings/time

38.  Invite them out to spend time away from church

39.  Meet volunteers and kids at a park

40.  Play and cookout

41.  Birthday hat

42.  Reed Porter “awesome volunteer” report (Reed Porter is a KidStuf character. We shoot video of him almost every month so we would shoot a quick shout out to a volunteer while doing that.)

43.  Team thank you note

44.  Redbox code

45.  Favorite drink

46.  Tweets

47.  Somehow serve them

48.  Homemade cookies

49.  Social at your house

50.  Reed Porter “voicemails”

51.  Pray for volunteer

52.  Valentines with pictures of kids from their small group

53.  Game night

54.  Record rest of the team praising them & email them that week.

55.  Lunch with Lead Pastor

56.  Personalize monogram notebook (hand drawn)

57.  Celebrating people in Sunday’s meetings

58.  High 5

59.  Flair (buttons they wear on their lanyards)

60.  Prayer requests

61.  Jibjab Volunteer appreciation using staff

62.  Written words of affirmation

63.  Hugs

64.  Balloons on Sunday

65.  Letter magnets on fridge in Volunteer Central celebrating a volunteer

66.  Highlight on chalkboard in Volunteer Central

67.  “Secret Service” escort throughout a Sunday morning

68.  Singing telegram

69.  Intentional help with a move or something like that

70.  Favorite Candy

71.  Email Bible verse

72.  Hallmark E-Card

73.  Recorded iPhone Video

74.  Individual breakfast

75.  Candy Gram

76.  Picture (of them serving their small group or in their roll)

77.  Double ply Charmin in dressing room (apparently this is a problem in the KidStuf greenroom)

78.  Conversation

79.  $5 Starbucks card

80.  Evite Cards

81.  Flowers

82.  Visit from Andy/Lead Pastor

83.  Trivia posted about that person

84.  Waumba Wish (Grant a wish)

85.  Favorite things (Gather a list of their favorite things and bring one of them in)

86.  Birthday cupcakes

87.  Give them colorful shoe laces.

88.  Take a picture of them with their kids and post on Facebook.

89.  Tell parents what a GREAT volunteer they are as parents arrive to pick up their child.

90.   Ask parents to write notes to this volunteer & present them in a gift bag.

91.  Call their spouse and thank them for supporting this volunteer as they serve. Tell them about all of the great volunteer qualitites you see in their spouse.

92.  Take volunteer’s picture with your mascot and post it. (Grizzle Dizzle from KidStuf.)

93.  Write a cheer for this volunteer. Send it home with kids to learn. Let kids perform it on the stage for their volunteer leader.

94.  Write a “You Rock” song (simple and silly with motions), record it simply in house and send it out to all of the kids. Let them perform it on the stage for their volunteer leader.


  1. Way cool! Some very valid points! I appreciate you penning this article and the rest of the website is extremely good.

  2. Great list of ideas! Thanks for sharing!

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  5. Great ideas! Definitely helpful!!

  6. They asked for a stack of plates! And forks. AND A KNIFE. Because apparently the thing you do is just throw a birthday party up in the Starbucks.

  7. I truely enjoy your blog. Say thanks a ton for the post.

  8. Have someone (with a great camera) offer to take a couple family pics for the volunteer. Give it to them on a cd.

  9. Michelle says:

    We would bring a volunteer/pastor upfront. Previously Have all the kids/audience write adjective about volunteer and post on the honored guest. (also can be put all over car instead)

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  11. Arielle Saint-Loth says:

    I think it will be great if we had a volunteer picnic. As myself I am a children’s ministry volunteer, I have been for 6 years now, and I love every bit of it. Thanks for all you guys do to appreciate us, volunteer, we surely love working with kids.

  12. Arielle Saint-Loth says:

    Also having a cookout, and praying for volunteers such as a retreat.

  13. Jayne Hoare says:

    Thank you so much for this encouragement! I had to make a decision recently that led to a very uncomfortable confrontation. So hard to lead through without a breakdown but I knew where God had called me to and I made the tough call! Still hard but this resonated so much with my saddened spirit! Thank you thank you!

  14. Thank you for posting this! Just appreciating our volunteers is never enough – we need to actually demonstrate appreciation. So I’m definitely going to employ some of these 🙂


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