Volunteers are the heart of your nonprofit. They give their time, energy, and resources to grow your mission.

The halfway point in the year is the perfect time to let your volunteers know just how much you appreciate their help. Below are a few ways you can show your appreciation and say thank you.

A Few Ways to Say Thank You to Your Volunteers

Have a Volunteer Appreciation Picnic

With the weather warming up, having a volunteer appreciation picnic is a fun way to get outdoors and celebrate. Pick a local park and invite your volunteers for an afternoon of fun, food, and recognition. You can also play games, do teambuilding activities, and other fun things.

Have members of your team take photos to share on social media too. By sharing, you can also showcase how people are helping and recruit new volunteers later down the road.

Give them gift cards

Gift cards are great gifts – especially when you’re not sure what your volunteers like. You can give $5 starbucks cards or $10 Target cars that allow volunteers to pick out something that they like.

If you know your volunteers really well, you could purchase store-specific cards, like Ulta and Best Buy, or restaurant-specific cards, like Outback Steakhouse or Chic-Fil-A.

Handwrite thank you notes

Handwritten thank you notes can go a long way in showing your appreciation. You can personalize your thank you notes by including a memory of working together or a photo of them furthering your cause.

Your volunteers will absolutely appreciate this because its something that they can display on their work desks or take home and share with their families.

DIY a gift!!

If you’re crafty, Pinterest has a variety of ideas to tell your volunteers thank you. From smore kits to candy to herbs, there’s endless possibilities to give your volunteers and show your appreciation.

For other ways to say thank you to volunteers, read Ways to Recognize Your Volunteers Throughout the Year.

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