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Once back to school shopping is done and the kids are settled into the routines of school, I always feel like life should calm down but it never does thanks to the next wave of activities that includes extra curricular activities that come with their own list of parental responsibilities, school wide events and fundraisers with more parental obligation, and class parties. For the past six years I’ve served as class room parent for my kids’ teachers. While some shun the duties of room parent, I fully embrace it. As a former classroom teacher I know that the parent who takes the reins to plan class parties is a rock star to all children, appreciated by the teacher, and beloved by fellow parents for making it so easy for them to participate.
But I have a secret.
Yes, I am organized and yes, I’ve been doing the room parent thing for years and have it down to a science but I also rely on tools that make my job as party planner so much easier. One of my secret weapons is VolunteerSpot.
How to Use VolunteerSpot to Plan Your Class Party
VolunteerSpot is the perfect tool for room parents because it allows me to solicit help from other parents quickly, easily, and for free. There’s no worry that we’ll have an abundance of cupcakes and no juice or water at our next class party. In just a matter of minutes, I can create an event, list the items I need, the quantity needed, and how many people I need to bring each item so we’ll have enough for everyone. You can even add a list of party activities like a Halloween Photo Booth and ask parents to sign up to bring the materials and run it!
Class parents can view the VolunteerSpot sign up through a link that I can print on my Halloween fliers that go home with the students, by clicking on the link that the teachers shares in her weekly email blast, and can even sign up on the go via the mobile app.
As a simple one stop shop for party planning, VolunteerSpot saves me time in organizing because every parent can contribute. It doesn’t matter if a parent signs up to bring paper products, cupcakes, or is free to spend an hour at our class party at the end of the day. All jobs need to be filled and everyone can select what fits their schedule best with no guilt!
And if you’re worried that someone will forget their job, don’t worry. Since you take care of the planning, VolunteerSpot takes charge of reminding parents of their duties so it’s virtually impossible for your class to be without cupcakes, water, or the all-important napkins that really never get used at any class party!
Other Ways to Use VolunteerSpot
VolunteerSpot is great for class room parents but it’s equally effective for PTA fundraisers, Girl Scout cookie booth sign ups, signing up for post-game snacks, etc. Here are some quick ideas on other ways you can use VolunteerSpot to streamline sign ups:
- Schools looking to organize volunteers, fundraisers, carnivals, and book fairs
- Teachers trying to recruit class readers and helpers for parties or schedule conferences
- Leagues organizing tournaments, teams organizing travel, snacks, or concession sign ups
- Churches and faith-based groups in need of hospitality volunteers, users, community donation of meals, and VBS teachers
- Nonprofits coordinating service teams, races and 5Ks, events, and other programs
Need more reasons to use VolunteerSpot? Here are 10!
This post was written in partnership with VolunteerSpot and Acorn Influence. All opinions are my own. Images courtesy of VolunteerSpot.