Disclosure: This is a sponsored post with Acorn Influence and VolunteerSpot but all thoughts and opinions are my own.
Growing up, my mom was always involved in my school – she was a classroom mom, on the parent-teacher board and was frequently in the school volunteering for events. Sure, it may have been embarrassing the older I got but I liked that she was so involved in my school and I always wanted to be that kind of parent to my kids. So when my son started Kindergarten, I made sure to sign-up and volunteer for as many events as I could.
At the end of the year, I was approached to join the parent-teacher group at my son’s school and I actually jumped at the chance. My position would be Activities Director meaning that I was in charge of planning activities at the school like Visit with Santa and Movie Night. Being behind the scenes totally opened my eyes to how hard these parents work to organize these events and raise money to provide so much for the students and teachers at our school. We work a lot of hours to make sure the kids have fun events and that teachers get what they need for their classrooms!
One of the hardest things about being on the board of our parent-teacher group can be trying to get volunteers for all of our events. I know in the past they have sent home flyers where parents can then send it back in if they want to volunteer for an event or teachers have sent out an email asking for help – doesn’t that seem like a lot of work? During the past year, we have been able to let volunteers sign-up online but I’ve finally found the perfect website for our parent-teacher group! It’s called VolunteerSpot and it’s made volunteering and managing events at school so much easier!
When you organize an event like Visit with Santa that will need over 60 parent volunteers, it means that you have to be organized. If you’re not, your event will most likely be a disaster! VolunteerSpot is an easy to use website that you can use to stay organized for events – it’s all you need for your scheduling and fundraising needs.
VolunteerSpot is the leading online coordination app that makes it easy for people everywhere to join together and make a difference. Free time-saving organization and fundraising tools make volunteering at schools, teams, faith groups and nonprofits a snap — easy to sign up, schedule, and track! Finally an end to frustrating ‘reply-all’ email, spreadsheet juggling and phone tag. Launched in 2009, VolunteerSpot has more than 5 million volunteers in service… and growing!
I signed up for VolunteerSpot which was super easy – and free! The first event that I decided to start planning was our annual Chili Cook-off and Parents vs. Teachers Volleyball Game which is next month. We always need people to bring in chili and also sign up to play volleyball!
VolunteerSpot makes it so easy to make a sign-up form for volunteers online. There’s really nothing complicated about the whole process.
I was able to easily add how many volunteers I needed to bring in chili and sign up to play volleyball. I love that VolunteerSpot makes it easy by being able to use auto fill or a repeating pattern which will be a huge help for bigger events. You can even choose a unique theme and background for your sign-up. I think I found the perfect one for our volleyball and chili night, don’t you think?
VolunteerSpot is a huge WIN for me and I love that it’s free, too. If you are organizing ANY upcoming event, you’re going to want to use VolunteerSpot. I think your volunteers will appreciate how easy it is to sign-up and you’ll love it too.
What’s your favorite event to volunteer for?