From tomorrow, 1/21, through Sunday 1/25, participating Starbucks locations across the U.S. are offering a free cup of coffee to people who pledge five hours of volunteer time to their community.
They have even set up a web site at pledge5.starbucks.com that will have a list of community service opportunities.
Ultimately people don't volunteer simply because of a cup of $2 coffee, they volunteer because they want to help others and do something significant with their life.
Volunteers are motivated by purpose in what they are doing and a compelling vision. (see previous post that talks about Vision Being Their Paycheck)
But it always a good idea to provide a simple gift of thanks to those volunteering.
What are you doing to thank and recognize your Volunteers? Here are a couple of ideas:
Bring your volunteers, from a particular ministry, forward on Sunday morning to thank them.
Give a volunteer an opportunity to share a story of service on a Sunday morning.
Make a Thank You video about your volunteers and show it on Sunday morning. Show pictures of them in action serving.
Write them a thank you note. - And put a Starbucks gift card in it! :-)
Take them out for coffee, especially a volunteer leader, and personally thank them and encourage them.
Give them a gift around the holidays as a token of appreciation.
When you see a volunteer serving on Sunday morning (especially in the nursery), walk in and thank them for serving.
Do a Volunteer breakfast on Sunday morning before worship. Feeding volunteers is always a good thing. At these breakfasts, not only will you have an opportunity to encourage volunteers, but you can also re-fire the vision.
Encourage your volunteers by sending them a birthday card (or e-card) when their special day rolls around.
What do you do to encourage and thank your Volunteers? Comment below.