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There has been a flurry of stories about mobile apps to help people find volunteering opportunities, or to reward people in some way for volunteering. But none of these mobile apps were developed in consultation with those who actually manage volunteers at nonprofits - those that create assignments, recruit and screen volunteers, support staff that involve volunteers, track volunteer hours, and track and report on the difference volunteers are making.
I was thinking about what I, as a manager of volunteers, want in terms of mobile apps - what I would like to make it easy for volunteers and potential volunteers to do via their mobile devices that would, in turn, help an organization I'm working with. I would like apps that:
I also would love it if all the volunteers I worked with:
I'm not that itchy to have a mobile app to do specific tasks, because there are already so many Mobile Productivity Apps developed in the business world for employees and consultants that can also be used in the nonprofit/mission-based world with volunteers.
So, those of you that work with volunteers - what mobile app do you dream of to make your job easier? Or what mobile apps are you already using in your recruitment, involvement of support of volunteers?
-=-=-=-=-=- Jayne Cravens Author, The LAST Virtual Volunteering Guidebook
Financial Beginnings is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that provides finance education to youth and young adults in the Pacific Northwest. The organization has created an app that allows the organization's volunteers to easily view the details of their upcoming classes. In addition to allowing volunteers to view their class session times, they would also have easy access to the address and contact details of the host venue, allowing them to quickly map out their route and ensure that they arrive on time. The app also provides all contact information for the organization, allowing volunteers fast access to the people with the answers to their questions. It requires Android 2.0 and up. And it's brand new - just launched in December 2013.
I'll try to get someone from the org to comment here about how they will be encouraging their volunteers to use this app, how they will track volunteers satisfaction with the app, etc.
What do you think of the idea? What would be your dream app as a volunteer to help you in your work with organizations - or, your dream app to work with volunteers?
Thanks for recognizing our new app. We are very excited for the launch and to hear the feedback from our volunteers as they begin to use it.
We have invested a lot in technology over the years and our volunteers have always received it well and appreciated our efforts!
Thanks for replying!
How will you communicate with volunteers about he app? How will you be encouraging volunteers to use this app? And how will you track volunteers satisfaction with the app?
It's more than five years since I asked this... and I would love to know if there are new answers.
So, those of you that work with volunteers - what mobile app do you dream of to make your job easier? Or what mobile apps are you already using in your recruitment, involvement and support of volunteers?
I've worked in UpWork, this is worldwide service where you can find specialists in different niches, I think there are a lot of volunteers, your idea is also good but need to spend a lot of time and money for marketing
There's PLENTY of apps for people to find volunteers. Not at all looking for more.
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