It is September and I don’t need my calendar to tell me that. I know it is September because of all the frantic calls I’ve been receiving from schools, PTA (parent teacher association) members and booster clubs. School is in full swing and for involved parents this means schedules are completely packed. Parents who volunteer at school functions don’t generally have time to worry about details. They want to help and be involved, but the process must be very easy and stress free. Shiftboard also understands volunteer scheduling needs to be affordable.
Different volunteer programs call for robust scheduling tools
Shiftboard allows you to create teams of different volunteers specific for your school. Tracking hours volunteered for the football or soccer seasons at both the ticket booth & concession stands is simple. Teachers can post a need for items like baked cookies for parties or parent drivers for a field trip. Teachers can easily track when parents are helping in the classroom or lunchroom. Email notifications and text messages serve as great reminders for parents with complicated schedules.
Parents login from any computer with their email address and password. Open shifts are Red and their assigned shifts are Green. Parents can schedule themselves based on friends’ schedules or system managers can keep all this information confidential. Everything is real time and always up to date. The parents I’ve spoken with are all very fun people. They want to help and know the best way to encourage and grow their volunteers is to communicate with an online schedule.
My favorite PTA mom asked if she could please buy stock in our company. She is absolutely thrilled with our messaging tools and confident she will be getting her 8 hours of sleep instead of 8 hours of cell time trying to communicate with parents.