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7 Ways to Thank Your Event Volunteers

May 28, 2024

Volunteers are the backbone of faith-based events. Their passion for your ministry drives them to give their time, energy, and skills to serve. Ensuring they feel valued and appreciated is crucial for retaining them in the long run. Here are seven ways to say “thank you” to your event volunteers.


An easy, cost-free way to express gratitude is by giving your volunteers a shout-out from the stage during your event. Encourage attendees to applaud and thank the volunteers as they interact with them throughout the event.

Volunteer-Only Space and Snacks

Create a dedicated space where volunteers can relax and take breaks. Stock this area with refreshments like snacks, drinks, and coffee to show your appreciation.

VIP Passes

If applicable, offer your volunteers VIP passes for special parts of your event. Provide behind-the-scenes access to a speaker, artist, or other exclusive aspects of the event.

Handwritten Notes

A simple handwritten note can have a significant impact. Have your leadership team write notes of gratitude to each volunteer and distribute them before the event begins.

Special Gift

Show your volunteers how much they mean to your ministry with a special gift. Personalized items or goodie bags filled with thoughtful items can make your volunteers feel truly valued.


After the event, treat your volunteer team to lunch. Choose a restaurant with a variety of food options (gluten-free, dairy-free, and vegan) to ensure everyone feels celebrated.

Room Upgrade

If your event requires volunteers to stay overnight, consider offering them a room upgrade. This gesture will be appreciated throughout the event and tangibly shows your gratitude.

Volunteers are invaluable assets to your ministry and events. Showing appreciation for their service will make them feel valued and encourage them to return year after year. No matter how you choose to express your gratitude, remember that a simple “thank you” goes a long way.


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