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Website to help with registering volunteers?

10 years 9 months ago #149928 by Margaret1101
Has anyone use a website to help register volunteers? I have looked at and www.signupcom . Has anyone used these sites or any other website?
10 years 9 months ago #149929 by JHB
Do you mean for the second one? Yes, I've used it. It's a little clunky to get started, but works very well. My church uses it for Pumpkin Patch shifts each year (multiple 2 hour shifts all day/evening for a couple weeks - LOTS of coordination). I've used it for concession stand shifts and other things. I like the fact people can sign up and remove themselves and everyone can see exactly what shifts are open. Here's a sample from their site. From what I recall, you can set up one basic signup for for free. But to get more features or get rid of ads or something the cost is $3. I recall the $3 being well worth it.

VolunteerSpot was actually created by somone in my town. We tried to use it this summer with Swim Team but had too many technical difficulties. To be fair 1) it wasn't ME using it, so I don't know the details and 2) start up services like this often need a bit of time to smooth out the bumps. It could be great now. It's been getting lots of local press, so I think it must work well for many.
10 years 9 months ago #149930 by Margaret1101

Thank you for the reply. I did mean I appreciate the feedback.
10 years 9 months ago #149942 by JHB
From the organizer side, MySignUp is pretty clunky looking (and sort of ugly). Don't be discouraged, it's really not that hard to figure out. And of course, once you learn to configure a signup, then it's much easier. From the volunteer side, it's simple - piece of cake. So that makes it effective and worth the less-than-intuitive editor interface.

The first time I ever saw it was when my family was signing up for a slot at the church'es pumpkin patch. I think they need 4 people (2 youth/2 adult) for 2 hour shifts across a couple weeks. It's so much coordination and effort. Can you even imagine managing it manually? The constant changes. The Youth Director - of course - still had to beat the bushes for volunteers, but at least the management of shifts was pretty easy.
10 years 9 months ago #149973 by FoxMom
This is a great idea--- I've never used either site, but I'm going to check them out-- we have an annual fair that takes about 150 volunteers to make the event run-- this would be a great way to have volunteers sign up.
10 years 9 months ago #150068 by seansmother

Bryce B;149989 wrote: PTO Today actually has web-based software that could act as a sign-up feature as well. It's called Volunteer Manager and each parent group has their own URL and you can direct volunteers to the link and they sign themselves into the database. You can collect data such as their contact info, their child's info (teacher, grade, etc) and then compile reports based on any information (teacher reports, entire school directory, events they're assigned to, etc.).

A free trial of Volunteer Manager and more information can be found at Software for Your PTO/PTA Group - Organize Your Group´s Volunteers and Finances | PTO Today .

Best of luck!

I use Volunteer Builder and PTO Manager and love it, although there are some limitations. I would LOVE to see a calendar that would show the event and open time slots, like some of the other sites mentioned here. Maybe PTO Today can tackle that with the next enhancements to the software? It keeps getting better and better.....
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