Every time my kids come home from school talking about a special meal or event at school, talk about a field trip, or mention parent helpers in any way, I quickly change the subject, guilt flaming. As parent in a two-career family, I have some glaring weaknesses. One of the biggest is my track record as a volunteer. I really want to help out at the school, but finding the time is difficult.
I know that busy parents want to find a way to efficiently find those volunteer opportunities that can be slid into a busy schedule. I also know that managing teams and classroom volunteers can be a daunting task, requiring a lot of time, and in recent days, a lot of tech savvy.
I was extremely fortunate to spend some time with Karen Bantuveris recently. As Founder and CEO of VolunteerSpot, she has an answer to your problem.
As a parent, I really appreciate the simplicity and elegance of this tool. This system is dead simple and allows you to manage scheduling and notifications from a centralized location. Using this system I can quickly find a reading day or a spot to bring in some supplies that matches my calendar. As an erstwhile entrepreneur, I was green with envy sitting across from somebody with a great solution to a problem I know is widespread. VolunteerSpot is a winner.
So if you volunteer regularly, do your coordinator a huge favor by turning them on to this site; managers of my kid’s teams are getting an email in about ten minutes (after I post this). If you manage volunteers, get ready to be happy.