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Girl Scout Troops Embrace VolunteerSpot to Power Cookie Sales

As a hungry public awaits the start of Thin Mint season, Girl Scouts are unleashing a new sales tool to supplement gap-toothed smiles -- -- a new web-based signup service simplifying volunteer coordination. Before the cases of cookies arrive from the bakery and are off-loaded into a convoy of minivans, troop Cookie Coordinators have been busy scheduling thousands of Girl Scouts to staff cookie booths in front of local merchants. Throughout the 6 week sales season, VolunteerSpot's web-based tool will smooth coordination by allowing parents to see which troop Booth spots are open in real-time so their Scouts can have the opportunity to sign up and sell more cookies!

A key feature that sold Girl Scouts of Central Texas on the new tool was the incredible ease of use. "When we sat down and used it for the first time, it took just five minutes to point and click out a pretty complicated schedule -- this is going to make our volunteers' lives so much easier this cookie season!" said Faith Brown, Member Services Officer at Girl Scouts of Central Texas.

"It was so easy!" says Lynn Harrison, mother of a 4th grade Girl Scout, "I got an email from our troop leader, clicked to sign up for cookie booths that fit our schedule, and got a confirmation email right away. Last year it took a lot of back-and-forth emails to do what I did in a few clicks with VolunteerSpot."

VolunteerSpot offers free, point and click simple scheduling and coordination software to community groups and nonprofits everywhere. Troop leaders and cookie coordinators are invited to try out VolunteerSpot's new tool and start saving time and making cookie season easier!

The Girl Scout Cookie Program is an integral part of Girl Scouting's Business and Economic Literacy initiative for girls ages 6-17. All of the proceeds--every penny--from a local council's cookie activities remains in the area where the cookies are sold. This revenue is used to benefit girls, some of it directly by remaining in the Girl Scout troop treasury and some of it indirectly by subsidizing the cost of providing the Girl Scout program and camps in the local area.

From PTA to Sunday School, Community Nonprofits to Scouts, VolunteerSpot makes coordinating volunteers point-and-click simple. VolunteerSpot was founded in 2007 by Karen Bantuveris, a business process expert and Brownie Leader fed up with the volunteer hassles causing leader burnout and volunteer opt out. VolunteerSpot is an easy-to-use free online tool that automates volunteer scheduling, signups and reminders, giving volunteers more time for meaningful work. VolunteerSpot, DOING GOOD just got easier!

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