New online tool streamlines school volunteering process as more parents step up to the plate
Parent volunteers expect to play a larger role than ever this fall as schools across the country grapple with staff cuts and tight budgets. Whether helping keep peace in the school lunchroom or manning the dunking booth at the Halloween carnival, parents can rely on VolunteerSpot (www.volunteerspot.com) a free, easy-to-use online tool that takes the hassle and headache out of coordinating volunteers and encourages everyone to get involved.
With just a few simple clicks, VolunteerSpot enables anyone to organize a group, no matter the size, to sign up for any activity from reading to the first-grade class to staffing the football concessions stand to attending parent-teacher conferences. Organizers can mobilize parent volunteers with an easy e-mail sign-up invitation, and parents can volunteer for tasks with a simple click on an online calendar. No registration required. Automated e-mails remind folks of their commitments and schedule. No more mass reply all e-mails, late-night phone calls, dreaded clipboard sign-up sheets or confusion over exactly who will be doing what.
Teachers, parents and administrators across the country are singing VolunteerSpots praises and find the site inspires greater involvement to help fill the gaps.
"In these times of limited resources, you can be certain that VolunteerSpot will be used by our staff and parents to help with activity organization for the next school year, including fundraising," says Linda Mora, principal at Laurelwood Elementary in San Jose, CA. "The word goes out, and the volunteers sign up. It's that easy. Student success is built by a community of caring parents, teachers and staff and using VolunteerSpot allows us to get the needed volunteers in just a fraction of the time."
"You made it so easy for our parents to sign up to help and saved me many hours worth of e-mail exchanges and fussing with spreadsheets to fill the schedule," notes Amanda S., the Recess and Book Fair Coordinator at Eanes Elementary School in Austin, TX, and a VolunteerSpot devotee. "The teachers, parents and all PTO event chairs love those automated e-mail reminders!"
VolunteerSpot also includes helpful tools for organizers looking for a little creative input or just plain inspiration, including free eBooks and an active blog featuring ideas and user suggestions for successful event planning. Head to VolunteerSpot.com to see how it works and learn more about how DOING GOOD Just Got Easier for schools in your community.
Based in Austin, Texas, privately held VolunteerSpot.com is a free Web-based organization tool that automates volunteer scheduling, sign-ups and reminders. Founded by Karen Bantuveris, a management consultant and mom, who found that traditional school volunteer coordination methods could be time consuming, frustrating and caused good people to drop out or simply not bother. VolunteerSpots easy to-use interface saves time, streamlines communication and makes it simple for more people to get involved.
VolunteerSpot is perfect for coordinating groups for anything PTA/PTO activities, school volunteers, pledge drives, tournaments, service projects, mentoring sessions, group campouts, music festivals, Girl Scout cookie booths, book fairs, swim meets, food drives and more. ... VolunteerSpot, DOING GOOD Just Got Easier!