Celebrate Milestones in Volunteer Hours of Service

If you measure hours of service for your volunteers, then celebrating milestones is an easy and simple way to show your appreciation. It doesn’t need to be only the major milestones. Encourage new volunteers with small milestones. Something as simple as a thank you card for the first 5 hours of service makes a great recognition idea.

Simple Gift Ideas to Use

A refrigerator magnet that proudly announces the volunteer has completed 10 hours of service is something that will be honored by your volunteers. As the hours of service get larger, match the gift or award accordingly. 25 hours of service can be a personalized treasure box. 50 hours of service can be a cookie jar.

Of course, this does depend on your budget and number of volunteers. But, celebrating hours of service is an important part of celebrating and appreciating your volunteers.

DIY Certificates

With the ease of printing out beautiful certificates, that should be the least that you do. Even if your organization doesn’t have the budget to get a program to design certificates, you can find them easily online and for free. Here is one site to get you started. But there are many if you need them.

Personalized Gifts

For those volunteers who have crossed bigger milestones, a special gift is certainly in order for them. Making that gift personal, not just for them but for the milestone and your organization, is extra special. Choose a gift that they will appreciate and use. Plaques are nice, but they ultimately just become dust collectors in your volunteer’s home. So think about something more useful.

Personalized gifts are easy to design and order through Zazzle. See our choices for great gift ideas and celebrate those special milestones in volunteer hours of service. Of course, you don’t want to break your budget, but you want to reward and appreciate the hours of service your volunteers have given you. So make it valuable for both of you.

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  1. Mandee Sears says:

    I agree it is so important to celebrate volunteer hours. The give freely and the least we can do is show our appreciation through a token or gift. Those have have volunteered lots of hours, days, or even years should especially be recognized!

  2. rveleba says:

    I’m trying to put together a Volunteer Rewards Program for dedicated volunteers over the years. I’ve been tracking their hours. Does anyone have a program in place they’d be willing to share with me so I can take a look at one?

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