Great New Online Resource for Local Volunteer Coordinating
VolunteerSpot (http://www.volunteerspot.com ) is a free online sign-up tool that simplifies grassroots volunteering. The site makes it easy for anyone to quickly mobilize and coordinate volunteers in their community, congregation or social network. This is a wonderful tool for all-volunteer group officers, committee chairs, special event planners, and others who need to schedule and organize many other volunteers.
The leader creates a schedule of volunteer needs on the online calendar and invites people to sign up with an e-mail. Volunteers click a link to see what spots are available and choose when and how they want to help. VolunteerSpot sends automated confirmation and reminder messages, helping everyone keep their commitments. Since it happens in real-time, the schedule is always current, significantly reduces coordination time, and makes the process easier for everyone. And it sure beats the old clipboard and telephone tree system!
Note that this resource is for anyone, anywhere. International users may find that the automatic reminder messages are slightly out of sync with their time zones, but the scheduling calendar is always done on local time.
VolunteerSpot is a free service for local-level volunteers. Corporations and larger groups wanting to brand the Web site or obtain planned premium features, such as hours tracking, will be charged a fee. But you can test the system immediately at no cost.
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