Our Top Three Volunteer Appreciation Ideas!

March 5, 2013

National Volunteer Week is still a ways away, but now's the time to start preparing! How will you honor the dedicated volunteers who give their time and energy to help your organization achieve its goals? 

If you’re not sure, no worries! We’re here to help with our top three volunteer appreciation ideas!

Celebrate. If you get started now, you’ll have plenty of time to organize a celebration that makes your volunteers feel like a million bucks. It doesn’t have to be formal; the most important part is that it’s meaningful, well-thought-out, and filled with appreciation.

On a budget? (We know you are!) How about a simple, themed potluck with dishes brought in by the staff your volunteers serve? The theme could be related to your mission, or a special type of cuisine, or even focused on a meal of the day. At Baudville, we love a breakfast potluck—and we bet your volunteers will, too!

To add a special touch, and still keep mindful of your spending, we recommend a personalized award certificate given to each volunteer. They’ll have a memento of their service to proudly display, plus a lasting reminder of your appreciation at the same time.

A customer favorite is our You Make the Difference Certificate Bundle, which contains all of the components you need to create 50 finished certificates—folders and all!

Photo of Certificate Bundle

When your celebration day comes, call each volunteer up individually to present their certificate and give a heartfelt thanks.

Appreciate. If you have volunteers all over the state, country, or world, getting everyone together for a celebration might be a bit of a challenge. But that shouldn’t take the wind out of your sails! Baudville’s volunteer appreciation themes feature gifts and notecards that you can send to every volunteer far and wide. To make it easy for you, we organized all of our top volunteer appreciation gifts here. You can shop by theme, by price (we still haven’t forgotten your budget!), and by our hot, new products.


Don’t forget, you can also send free ePraise cards to all of your volunteers. We created several with National Volunteer Week precisely in mind, plus many more in your favorite themes!


Commemorate. Want to give your volunteers an appreciation gift that will last well beyond the week? Our Team Shirts are your answer! We created hundreds upon hundreds of designs that are customizable with your text, logo, and/or message. Pick a favorite Baudville theme, an event type, or a smart saying and we’ll seamlessly integrate all of the custom details that you want.

Photo of Themed Team Shirts

You can build your shirts online quickly and easily, then you’re on your way to giving a volunteer appreciation gift they’ll wear with pride. (We can even make a completely custom shirt for you, if that’s what you need!)


Your volunteers will have a personal reminder of your appreciation every time they put on their shirts, plus, when they’re sporting their tees, they’re also spreading your organization’s message and getting your name some public attention. We call that a win-win around here!

The Ultimate. If you want to create an unforgettable volunteer appreciation moment, you could combine all three of our ideas. They’ll be fed, clothed, and loved: quite the trifecta of appreciation, wouldn’t you say?

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