Year-Round Volunteer Appreciation Ideas

Yesterday, I mentioned that Volunteer Appreciation Week is next week. I shared ideas to get you started in thinking about how to show your volunteers how much you care. You can find that post here.

Today I’d like to share seasonal ideas that will make your volunteers feel appreciated any time of the year.


  • Anything pumpkin or cinnamon scented (candles, air freshener)
  • Anything pumpkin or cinnamon flavored (muffins, bagels, bread, coffee)
  • Classroom survival kit
  • Football game tickets
  • Smores around a fire pit
  • Hayride
  • Spaghetti dinner
  • Comedy Night
  • Enrichment workshop (maybe have a speaker come in)


  • Coffee gift card
  • In-house coffeehouse
  • Personalized Christmas ornament
  • Game Night
  • Sledding/snowboarding/skiing
  • Ice skating
  • Christmas Cookie exchange
  • Christmas Party
  • Karaoke Night
  • Bowling Night
  • Roller skating
  • Spa Party
  • Laser Tag (rent out the entire facility for your volunteers and their families)
  • Basketball game outing


  • Bouquet of fresh flowers (maybe from your garden)
  • Tea Party
  • Golf outing
  • Pancake Breakfast


  • Camping trip
  • Ice Cream/Italian Ice Party
  • BBQ/Picnic
  • Outdoor Movie Night
  • Bouquet of fresh flowers (maybe from your garden)
  • Pool Party
  • Baseball game outing
  • Fireworks
  • Music/worship under the stars
  • Free car wash

This list is by no means exhaustive. Brainstorm with your team for even more creative ideas.

What else would you add?

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