If you’re intentional in providing clear guidance to volunteers and appreciating them during and after the event, they’ll have a positive experience and will be more likely to volunteer for future events.
Deborah Ike · April 5, 2018
If you have a big event coming up, you’re focused on all the tasks left to complete before event day. As you consider what’s left to do, don’t forget to plan how you’ll show your volunteers how much you value their help. If you’re intentional in providing clear guidance to volunteers and appreciating them during and after the event, they’ll have a positive experience and will be more likely to volunteer for future events.
Here are five ways to show your appreciation:
#1 – Create a highlight video
Shoot video of volunteers setting up for the event, checking in the morning of, greeting attendees, and serving throughout the event. Include these clips in an event recap video or create a separate one focused on volunteers. Show this video during a Sunday service and post on social media as a way to highlight your amazing volunteer team.
#2 – Mail thank you notes
Snail mail isn’t dead yet. The fact that it’s rare to receive a card in the mail makes getting a thank you note special. Take the time the week after the event to send thank you cards to your event volunteers.
#3 – Thank volunteers from the stage
Most volunteers aren’t looking for public recognition, but it’s always encouraging to hear the senior pastor or other leader thank volunteers from the stage.
It shows leadership recognizes the effort involved in pulling off the event and values the volunteers who helped create a welcoming environment for attendees.