Moms Network for Good: VolunteerSpot on Track to Help One Million Volunteers in the Next 18 Months

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Web-based Tool Ideal for National Volunteer Week and Parent Volunteering All Year Long; CEO Showcasing at Mom 2.0 Summit and PTO Today Expo 2010

VolunteerSpot

Our annual Expos always feature the newest solutions and vendors for PTO and PTA groups. We’re excited that VolunteerSpot – a great example of a new parent involvement tool for schools – will be showcasing their product this year, along with dozens and dozens of other great parent group partners

VolunteerSpot, which has connected more than 150,000 volunteers to over 350,000 needs in communities across the country since its public launch in spring 2009, aims to help one million volunteers in the next 18 months. An online organization platform, VolunteerSpot recognizes the growing interest in volunteerism, and simplifies the volunteer experience for parents, teachers, and anyone involved and giving back to their community through work, their church or local nonprofits. VolunteerSpot gets rave reviews for saving time and increasing volunteer participation in activities from the classroom, to the ball field, to Sunday school service projects, to the charity walk-a-thon, to Habitat builds, to community pantries.

"VolunteerSpot has been a true blessing to us,” said Karyn Ward, Booster club leader, Dallas, Texas. “Without it, I would be making dozens of phone calls and sending dozens of emails, almost every day. Honestly, without VolunteerSpot, I don't think I would have agreed to do this role!"

VolunteerSpot is ideal for coordinating school activities by helping teachers easily connect with parents to assist with classroom needs such as reading to the class, supervising recess, and volunteering for fundraisers like book fairs and school carnivals. A user-friendly online calendar scheduling tool, any team or classroom leader can quickly launch a VolunteerSpot online signup sheet to ask for help and confirm parent participation. Additionally, parents who use VolunteerSpot cut their planning and coordinating time by 85 percent and eliminate late-night emails and distracting phone tag.

“As a busy mom and a former executive, I’ve experienced the challenges of organizing volunteers for classroom and community activities,” said Karen Bantuveris, CEO, VolunteerSpot. “Too often volunteers encounter barriers based on simple communication breakdowns, such as not getting called back, or too many people showing up and volunteers being turned away. We’re making volunteering easier and more effective at a time when more people are inspired to volunteer than ever before.”

CEO Karen Bantuveris will be sharing her expertise on volunteerism and parent engagement during two upcoming events in Houston, Texas. Karen will be speaking on Moms, New Media and Social Responsibility at the Mom 2.0 Summit on Saturday, February 20. Additionally, Karen will be demonstrating VolunteerSpot’s features throughout the day on Wednesday, February 24 at the PTO Today 2010 Expo in Houston and on April 13 in Minneapolis.

“Our annual Expos always feature the newest solutions and vendors for PTO and PTA groups. We’re excited that VolunteerSpot – a great example of a new parent involvement tool for schools – will be showcasing their product this year, along with dozens and dozens of other great parent group partners,” said Tim Sullivan, President, PTO Today/School Family Media.

With only two months to go, in preparation for National Volunteer Week, April 18-24, VolunteerSpot is the perfect tool for anyone who is looking to organize their own community efforts. Established in 1974, National Volunteer Week is a week-long celebration of volunteers who give back and make a positive impact in their communities year round. VolunteerSpot recognizes that parents are volunteers too, and their tireless work in their communities, schools and sports teams should be recognized during this important week. Additionally, VolunteerSpot.com offers a free eBook with Volunteer Appreciation tips: Volunteer Recognition Ideas from A-Z.

Beyond National Volunteer Week, VolunteerSpot is a resource that should be highlighted around any school year best practices for busy parents including Teacher Appreciation Week, parent-teacher conferences and especially stories beginning to take shape in advance of Back to School 2010-2011.

About VolunteerSpot

Based in Austin, Texas, privately-held VolunteerSpot.com is a free Web-based organization tool that automates volunteer scheduling, sign-ups and reminders. Founded by Karen Bantuveris, a management consultant and mom, who found that traditional school volunteer coordination methods could be time consuming, frustrating and caused good people to drop out or simply not bother. VolunteerSpot’s easy to-use interface saves time, streamlines communication and makes it simple for more parents to get involved.

VolunteerSpot is perfect for coordinating groups for anything — team snacks, PTA activities, school volunteers, service projects, mentoring sessions, building projects, group campouts, music festivals, Girl Scout cookie booths, book fairs, swim meets, league tournaments, food drives and more. … VolunteerSpot, DOING GOOD Just Got Easier!

Take a live or video tour today at http://www.volunteerspot.com.

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