When I was a classroom teacher, I loved those yearly holiday parties – Christmas, Halloween, Valentine’s Day, There were so many opportunities to celebrate, do crafts and treat my students to yummy snacks. Maybe it was because I didn’t yet have a kiddo of my own yet, but I didn’t dread these interruptions of our daily routine the way some of the other teachers did. But there was one aspect that I did dread – organizing all of the things to be brought in. Countless reminders sent home and we would still wind up with at least one forgotten item.
Things have changed a lot from those days and technology has become a huge part of every aspect of the classroom, including party planning and organizing volunteers. As the PTA Fundraising Auction planner at my son’ school, I am always on the lookout for easier ways to organize and communicate with volunteers. When we attended my son’s open house this year, I noticed that his teacher was using a service I hadn’t seen before – VolunteerSpot.
It was ingenious – he had several computers in the classroom already set to the various class party pages and parents could just sit down, log in (or create an account) and indicate what they would be providing for the party. VolunteerSpot even reminds parents what they volunteered to bring in, saving his teacher from having to send out dozens of emails before each party.
I immediately started thinking about how VolunteerSpot might help make my auction planning easier. With the need to have people help with donation solicitation, set up, clean up and manning raffle tables during the auction, I knew VolunteerSpot would make my planning much easier, but I was concerned about my meager budget and if it would fit in. Guess what? Turns out VolunteerSpot is FREE!! (There is the option to upgrade for additional features.)
How might you use VolunteerSpot? Can you think of any ways it would make your life easier?
This post was brought to you through a sponsored partnership with VolunteerSpot. All opinions are my own.