Many parent groups think that throwing a year-end party or giving out a small gift is all there is to volunteer appreciation. This Volunteer & Teacher Appreciation Toolkit will show you how to make recognition an ongoing effort that will significantly improve the volunteer experience and increase involvement.
The Volunteer & Teacher Appreciation Toolkit includes information on how to make parents feel welcome, tips for using people's talents (not just their time), effective ways to say thank you, dozens of ideas for volunteer appreciation, and more than 50 ideas for teacher appreciation.
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Section 1: The Meaning of Appreciation
- Understanding Volunteer Management
- Respect Their Time
- Respect Their Contributions
- Use Talents, Not Just Time
- Give Them the Tools and the Knowledge To Do the Job
- Give Them a Stake in the Outcome
- A Few Final Words on Appreciation
Section 2: Rethinking the "Big Event"
- A Time and a Place
- More Tips for Your Event
Section 3: Volunteer Appreciation Ideas
- Simple Expressions
- Big Ideas
- More Ideas
Section 4: Teacher Appreciation
- Food for Thought
- Put It in Writing
- Practice Random Acts
- Memories and Mementos
- Holiday Appreciation
- Give Them the Business
- Give Them a Makeover
- Create a Theme
Appendix A: Saying Thanks Has Its Limits
Appendix B: The Candy Poem