4 Last Minute National Volunteer Week Ideas

April 8, 2019 Julia Daihl



Last Minute Volunteer Week Planning

It’s National Volunteer Week!

Not sure what National Volunteer Week is or why it’s important? Get the low down here.

It’s held every third week of April and this year it ends on the 13th. So, if you forgot to plan something for your volunteers, don’t fret. We’ve got last minute ideas that will look like they’ve been planned this whole time.


Bring in Treats for Your Volunteers

I’m talking bagels, donuts, and pastries oh my! There are few things in life that are as good as a nice treat to show gratitude. You can even surprise your volunteers with a different treat each day of the week!

  • Monday = Donuts (go to your nearest Krispy Kreme now!)
  • Tuesday = Bagels
  • Wednesday = Pizza
  • Thursday = Homemade Treat
  • Friday = MORE DONUTS!!

Get a little personal with your treats and make a homemade delight like one of these spring sweets.


Image from Brown Eyed Baker


Write a Note of Thanks to Your Volunteers

Express your appreciation in a note. Remember when I said, “there are few things in life that are as good as a nice treat to show gratitude,” well this is one of those few things. Give your kind words via a handwritten card, personalized email, or ePraise.

To help you craft the perfect thank-you message here’s an example of one:

Dear Volunteer,

Thank you for all you do! Your willing heart, selfless soul, and treasured talent are the reasons we are able to [ADD YOUR ORGANIZATION’S MISSION].

From all of us at [YOUR ORGANIZATION], thank you for being a volunteer!


Publicly Recognize Your Volunteers

Give a special shout out to your volunteers by singing their praises publicly! Post on your social media accounts about the amazing help you have, give them a moment and round of applause at your staff meeting, or highlight your volunteers in your newsletter that gets sent out to your supporters and donors.


Volunteer Appreciation Gifts

Gifts are always nice, and with our same-day shipping on stock orders placed by 5pm EST, there’s still a chance to get your gifts in time before the week ends.

Here are a few ideas to get you started:


Lapel Pin – Making the DifferenceCelebration-In-A-TumblerBundle of Blooms Flower Can - Poppies


Celebrate your volunteers past Volunteer Week – they deserve recognition and praise for their contributions all year long. Help them feel appreciated out of the blue, just because!

Shop Volunteer Appreciation Gifts


Articles You Might Find Helpful:

National Volunteer Week Starts Now

What Do Your Volunteers Really Want for National Volunteer Week


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