As we get back into the grind after Thanksgiving, I’m sure we’re all thinking ahead. Today, you might be trying to juggle a number of things--whether that’s thinking about a doctor’s visit, school play, class projects for the kids, work gatherings, friendship outings and others. I sure can think of a number of things, but one of the greater things I think is when you sit back and consider outside of the holiday shopping is how you can help someone else.
The holidays are not only a time that brings back memories of celebrating with family, going out to the movies or dinner with friends, but it can also be a time when people think about hollow places in their lives. Places in which maybe there was once a loved one who was around to add joy and he or she is no longer there. Or places in which a person remembers a hardship at one point. To help combat those feelings of loneliness and sadness, I believe that it is helpful to reach out to others.
Several years ago, I remembered volunteering for an organization with a group of students around the holiday season. I hope to not forget the organization’s leader who was very helpful and also motherly in how she allowed students to take charge in different leadership roles and help out in various ways. I remember putting together boxes for children as gifts and how going through the donations and sorting them out by age was fun as we got to see toys that maybe some of us grew up with. It was also a great way to learn how to work with others and work towards helping to make another individual smile.
It was a really great experience looking back, and I hope to be a part of more endeavors as that one. Maybe your business or organization gives back to the community to help brighten someone else's life. If you allow groups and individuals to participate by giving donations and volunteering, we have 2 helpful tips for you today and for those who are seeking to help make a difference in their communities this holiday season and also all throughout the year.
Today we're going to show you how you can set up an online scheduler to allow volunteers to sign up for events like giftings, donations, and drives.
How Volunteers Can Sign Up for Your Events with Online Booking
A much smoother way to allow volunteers to sign up and help out with your organization's events is through online booking. Groups and individuals can easily go to your website and sign up for one of your events so that they can help out, and this also provides you with a roster of who plans to help. You can also use our Dashboard feature to generate reports that you can download and keep for your records.
Here is a 2-step demo of how to set up an event that volunteers can join in on:
*Our classes feature allows you to hold group sessions. Think of a class for one moment as an event, and instead of having a formal class session, you are creating an informal event that a group of volunteers can sign up for.
Step 1 - Create a new class in TimeTap's BackOffice and give the class the name of your organization's event. You can also set the capacity for the number of volunteers your event will allow. *If your event will repeat, you can also set the frequency and days that you are planning to have the event.
Step 2A - Copy and paste the embed code of your event scheduler onto your website. This allows individuals and groups to easily be able to sign up on the page that you designate on your organization's website.
Step 2B - Copy and paste the web address for your event scheduler onto your website's sign-up page. To find the web handle for your event scheduler, go to ...
Step 2C - Copy and paste the web address for your event scheduler into an email that you may send out to your subscribers.
Step 2D - Copy and paste the web handle for the event itself - you can create a vanity or custom URL (only available for TimeTap Business users) that can be shared on your website or even in your emails.
And that's how you can create a class as an event so that volunteers can sign up for your giftings, to make donations, participate in drives, or even visits.
We hope today's post and tutorial can help your organization as you give back this holiday season to help others in your community.
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