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5 Free Sites That Make Volunteering Easy

Saturday, September 7th, 2013

Volunteering doesn’t have to be hard. There are often many jobs that teachers, extra curricular activity leaders, and sports coaches would love to have help with. These free websites make managing, coordinating, and even polling volunteers easier so you can dedicate more time to providing assistance where it’s needed.

Parents, teachers and room moms who are coordinating activities at school, teams, Scouts and groups can use VolunteerSpot. VolunteerSpot saves time and allows ANYONE  to create a schedule of jobs or items needed and invite volunteers to sign up for a day and time with a single click or tap either through a computer, tablet, or smartphone. Volunteers get a confirmation and reminder of what they’ve signed up for so they don’t forget and the organizer just has to take a look at the VolunteerSpot calendar to see what spaces are filled and by whom. VolunteerSpot invites teachers and parents to give VolunteerSpot a try for the opportunity to win $1500 for your school by pledging to volunteer in the classroom this year. Teachers can enter to win 2 iPad Minis (one for them, one for their classroom!) by agreeing to try VolunteerSpot. Enter on the VolunteerSpot site before September 15.

Room parents trying to coordinate treats for a class party will appreciate the ease of Sign Up Genius. A coordinator creates a sign up form, indicating how many of each item they need for the class party and invite parents to sign up via email. Parents will get a direct link to the Sign Up Genius form where they can indicate what they can bring among the list of items. It’s also a helpful tool for coordinating events and potlucks for clubs, groups, and sports teams too.

It’s often helpful to coordinate meals around the birth of a new baby, illness, or death in the family and Lotsa Helping Hands is a site that makes it easy for each person to know what to do and when. A calendar makes it easy to schedule and sign up for tasks such as meals, rides to appointments, and visits and reminders are sent so no one forgets. The Community Building Feature is a great one that allows caregivers to communicate with each other through message boards, sharing photos, and even sending well wishes to the family.

If your school community is small, a Facebook Group could be the perfect communication tool for parents who are also friends on the social network. It’s easy to create a private group and add individuals but if you’re not a regular Facebook user, you may forget to check the group for posts asking for help.

Looking to create a database, send out a survey, or collect information from parents or the community? Google Forms are the way to go. Google Forms can be used by teachers to establish a spreadsheet of contact information for parents, create a database of expertise among parents for Career Day, or even ask community members to weigh in on different topics of interest to the school.

Volunteer group hands together showing unity via Shutterstock

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