Friday, July 4, 2014

Start Planning a Year of Volunteer Appreciation - Think About Holidays . . . Christmas!

When it comes to volunteer appreciation, Christmas is one of the times in the year when we are most focused on doing something to say, "thank you" to those who serve in our children's ministries. There are so many ways to thank volunteers . . . from big events like open houses to just giving a gift or card; consider some of these possibilities . . . 
  • One of the best things I ever did for my volunteers . . . and one of the things which took the most time to plan, prepare and present - was an annual Holiday Open House. I've written about this in the past, so I'll put the link to it here, but basically it means providing a time and place (I used my house) for volunteers and a guest to come have food, fellowship and fun as we all get ready for Christmas! I always made
    ornaments for each volunteer and got gift certificates to area restaurants (donated by the restaurants) so each volunteer went home with one. My volunteers loved my annual Holiday Open House!
  • Last year at my church we gave each volunteer a heart ornament for Christmas! The heart was made from cinnamon and applesauce . . . you'll find all the info for making these at the following link.
  • If you are a crafty person, you could print out copies of Luke 2 and then cover glass ornament balls with the text and glitter for a truly lovely gift for your volunteers! Check this link for the specifics on how to make these!
  • I love the little printed burlap sachet ornament I found on Pinterest - you'll find the details for making them at the following link. It is at the top of my list for making for my volunteers this year!
Well, these are just a few ideas of what you might do to show your appreciation to your volunteers at Christmas!

What do you do to thank your volunteers at Christmas?

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