Discovering Your G.I.F.T.S. – Part 3

Posted on July 10th, 2014 by Jill Aubin

We all have something to offer… unique skills, knowledge, experience and belongings that could be used to help meet particular needs in your community.

However, many of us have not yet taken a step back to look at how our unique G.I.F.T.S. can be used to help others and make our own lives more meaningful and fulfilling.

This 3 part blog will help you begin to discover these G.I.F.T.S.

  • Your GOALS
  • Your INTERESTS
  • FULFILLMENT of your life’s purpose
  • Your TALENTS
  • Your SITUATION in life

Uncovering what you can do to make a difference in the lives of others is an important and challenging process. In Part 1 we addressed Goals and Interests, part 2 we focused on Fulfillment and Talents, part 3 will address your Situation in Life.

SITUATION

All of your past goals, interests, talents and experiences have led you to where you are now. No matter who, what and where you are today, you are in a position to give back. God brought you to this place in life for a reason! No one is better equipped than you to use your current situation to help others given all of your experiences that brought you to where you are. You are in a better position to meet certain types of needs than those in others walks of life. Whatever you do for a living, whatever belongings you have, whoever you see in need, and wherever you live is a good place to start when considering how you can make a positive impact on others.

That’s why Meet the Need enables you to search and select the type of need you are in a unique position to meet… whether it’s for a family or organization, whether it’s a material item or a service you want to provide, or whether it’s in your community, state or even overseas that you want to help out.

For example, if you’re a Christian college student, working adult, stay at home mother or senior retiree, register with MTN to find ways for bringing hope and help to those around you.

Key Questions:

  1. Why do you think God has you in the job, relationship, family and social situation you are in now?
  2. What types of needs do you see around you every day?
  3. What local or international needs are you, your family, company or your church in a great position to help meet?

How are you using the blessings God has given you to bless others?

Looking back on your answers to all of those questions in part 1,2,& 3… consider what your G.I.F.T.S. are and how you can use them to bless other people. Using your God-given G.I.F.T.S. will not only provide material help to those in need… it will also give them the gift of hope as people see God’s love for them through your acts of service. To help focus your search of the MTN database for needs that fit your G.I.F.T.S., check out the examples below:

Goals Doctor looking to retire soon and use what he has to help others
Interests Compassion for children suffering from HIV/AIDS in Africa
Fulfillment Not sure how God wants to use him, but wants to know
Talents Great at working with kids; Has excess medical supplies
Situation Pediatric physician living in a small town in Tennessee
Needs Met through MTN Donated medical supplies to missionary organization in Zimbabwe. Provided free pediatric medical services during a weekend event sponsored by a local church
Goals Get more out of life than just working for years for a large builder
Interests Has a heart for improving the quality of life of those less fortunate
Fulfillment Feels that God is leading him to use his skills for a greater purpose
Talents Skills and know-how in building homes, particularly roofing
Situation Construction worker living in Atlanta
Needs Met through MTN Worked part-time with local ministry to rehab homes of poor families. One day would like to go on a trip overseas to help build a church
Goals Use new-found free time not just to relax but to help others
Interests Getting people back on their feet after they’ve hit hard times
Fulfillment Find God’s plan for her now that her children are grown
Talents Teaching and tutoring; Refurnishing house and has used furniture
Situation Former schoolteacher whose two children have just gone to college
Needs Met through MTN Working with a local ministry that provides job skills training and placement services to displaced workers. Donated furniture to local families

 

Discovering Your G.I.F.T.S. – Part 2

Posted on June 25th, 2014 by Jill Aubin

We all have something to offer… unique skills, knowledge, experience and belongings that could be used to help meet particular needs in your community.

However, many of us have not yet taken a step back to look at how our unique G.I.F.T.S. can be used to help others and make our own lives more meaningful and fulfilling.

This 3 part blog will help you begin to discover these G.I.F.T.S.

  • Your GOALS
  • Your INTERESTS
  • FULFILLMENT of your life’s purpose
  • Your TALENTS
  • Your SITUATION in life

Uncovering what you can do to make a difference in the lives of others is an important and challenging process. In Part 1 we addressed Goals and Interests, part 2 will focus on Fulfillment and Talents.

FULFILLMENT

Doing what we find interesting is only part of living a fulfilling life. The second and more important part is doing what God has in mind for you. Defining a path for our lives apart from God doesn’t make sense and will never leave us truly fulfilled. As our Creator, God is the starting point for understanding what we should do with our lives. Knowing God’s intentions for us and pursuing that rather than just our own personal ambitions bring us a true sense of meaning, joy and fulfillment.

Many people don’t feel like they know what God’s plan is for them. It’s certainly not always crystal clear. However, just seeking to know God’s will rather than simply imposing our own is the first step. Eventually we will find the answers through prayer, studying God’s word in the Bible, and looking back on how God has engineered our life’s circumstances to bring us to where we are today.

Unfortunately, living out God’s plan for our lives may not always align with our Goals and Interests. God is looking for us to choose fulfilling His purposes for you over pursuing personal happiness, wealth or our career aspirations. We should be prepared to follow God’s lead no matter what that entails… whether it means spending less time at work, taking on a role serving at your church, or even if it takes you overseas on a humanitarian aid trip.

Key Questions:

  1. To what extent are you driven by the approval of men rather than seeking the approval of God?
  2. What do you think God’s plan is for you?
  3. Do you feel like you’re living out God’s purposes for your life?
  4. How could you start doing for others to begin living a more fulfilling life of service?

TALENTS

As mentioned earlier, a key to uncovering and fulfilling God’s plan for your life lies in evaluating:

  1. The unique talents, skills and abilities God has given you. When people talk about talent, we often hear it referred to as “natural”, “gifted” or “God-given”. We are born with skills in either athletics, academics, arts, music or countless other areas. The question is how we will use those talents. Those more blessed with talent can choose to use it make a tremendous positive impact on the world around them or simply to make money for themselves. Meet the Need contains thousands of needs… many of which are ideally suited for the talents God has given you.
  2. How God has developed those talents through your past experiences. God’s plan for you can become apparent if you look back objectively on how God has honed your skills and talents to prepare you to use them to serve God and others. We are not completely in control of the things we end up doing in life… the families we are born into, the jobs we get, the relationships we wind up in are all doors of opportunity that God has opened up for us. As you see how God refined and shaped you for service throughout those past circumstances, you will understand what God wants you to do to experience true fulfillment in life. God can even use your struggles in life to prepare you to help those who are going through similar situations… but no one else will benefit by what you have learned if you don’t reach out to them.

Key Questions:

  1. What do you do better than most other people?
  2. What jobs or relationship can you point to in your life where God probably put you in those situations to teach you something of value and develop my skills?
  3. How have you used those lessons and those abilities to help other people?
  4. What more can you do to use your talents to make a difference in the world around you?

Part 2 of 3

Author: Jim Morgan

Discovering Your G.I.F.T.S. – Part 1

Posted on June 11th, 2014 by Jill Aubin

We all have something to offer… unique skills, knowledge, experience and belongings that could be used to help meet particular needs in your community.

However, many of us have not yet taken a step back to look at how our unique G.I.F.T.S. can be used to help others and make our own lives more meaningful and fulfilling.

This 3 part blog will help you begin to discover these G.I.F.T.S.

  • Your GOALS
  • Your INTERESTS
  • FULFILLMENT of your life’s purpose
  • Your TALENTS
  • Your SITUATION in life

Uncovering what you can do to make a difference in the lives of others is an important and challenging process.

GOALS

We begin by defining the end.  Every successful company sets out a vision for what it wants to be and accomplish.  There is power in setting goals for ourselves as well… they become our driving force.  Without knowing where the finish line is for your life, it’s difficult to know how to run the race.  We see people who live for the here and now all around us… they trudge through life taking it day by day without the passion and fire that comes with seeing the big picture.

A big part of that big picture is knowing that our purpose in life is not to be served but to serve.  We are not created simply to live for ourselves.  We have all felt the joy that comes with serving others… we feel alive when we sacrifice part of ourselves for another person.  Those are the moments when we truly are living out our life’s purpose.

Key Questions:

  1. What are your life goals?
  2. To what extent do those goals involve putting your own interests aside for the sake of others?
  3. In what ways do you want to leave this world a better place?
  4. Are there any new goals you want to set based on your answers to questions #2 and #3?

INTERESTS

Our interests are the things we like to do, the people we like to be around, and the roles we like to play in life.  Essentially, it’s how we want to spend our time.  As it relates to doing charity work, some of us want to be leaders and managers while others like to work behind the scenes.  Some people may enjoy working with the elderly while others have a passion for helping the physically impaired.  Some have a heart for reaching out to those in their own age, gender or social economic group and others don’t. Whoever we are shapes our preferences and leads us to different types of service in different places at different times.

Key Questions:

  1. What are some common characteristics of your best friends?
  2. What are your favorite aspects of your current job?
  3. How do you like to spend your spare time?
  4. Do you like to travel? If so, to what kind of places?
  5. For what groups of people do you feel a deep compassion and empathy?

 

Part 1 of 3

Author: Jim Morgan

 

3 Reasons and Practical Ways for Churches to be Externally Focused

Posted on January 17th, 2014 by Tonya Nichols

Why?

Businesses and churches alike seem to struggle to simultaneously build infrastructure and grow outwardly to be externally focused. Focusing on infrastructure usually interferes with externally-focused efforts in sales and marketing (for businesses) or community outreach (for churches). It is understandable, often even necessary, for a business to shift focus from time to time. But outreach is a primary responsibility of a church. God does not call Christians to “seasons” of outreach ministry but rather to lives dedicated to Him and to reaching others. Without sustained, effective outreach, a church cannot fulfill its purpose and cannot survive.

There are 3 primary reasons to be outward focused:

  • Prepare People to Hear the Gospel - The underlying purpose of outreach is not just to meeting needs in the community, it is to build relationships to gain the trust to share the gospel of Christ.   The best place to share the love of Christ is to start with felt needs.  Because the spiritual, material, physical, financial emotional, intellectual and social needs of people in the community are so diverse, several different types of outreach programs are necessary.
  • Church Growth - Church outreach is also means to introduce people in the community to the church by making them aware of God’s love for them.  Outreach stimulates church growth by mobilizing members to minister to the un-churched.  Outreach is only a starting point for many people on their path to a relationship with Jesus Christ.  Churches must pick up where outreach ends, providing the worship, fellowship and discipleship opportunities to those they have reached out to.
  • Church Morale - Besides leading people to Christ and drawing people into the church, bringing healing and help to our communities, outreach encourages the church volunteer as well.  This is an important part of the process for growing disciples and fostering fellowship among believers.   Discipleship involves much more than training and education; it requires practical application.  A church goal of reaching out to the community in love and service, with the ultimate purpose of witnessing to the saving grace of Jesus Christ, will absolutely unify a congregation.

1. How do we measure outreach success?

The church simply cannot be effective without a priority placed on outreach ministry.  So why does outreach seem, so often, to either not be our focus or, despite our best efforts, not be very effective? Essentially, the challenge becomes finding the time and money necessary for effective community outreach.  But I believe, more often than not, the resources are there but the delivery systems are flawed.  We’re simply not making the best use of the time (energy and intentions) and money available to the church and its members.

The level of participation of church members in ministry, and the number of souls saved, are ultimate measures of the “fruit” of a church. Ask yourself  . . .

  • How many have been equipped and mobilized for ministry?
  • How any are fulfilling their life mission in the world?

This is the fruit of fulfilling the Great Commandment and the Great Commission.

2. How do we empower members/volunteers for effective and efficient outreach?

Today, many churches and ministries are using innovative, effective and inexpensive outreach programs.  While big events can be an expensive, like block parties that bring Christian churches in a community together to help those in need, they can also be landmark occasions for both the church and the community.  Support groups and classes on topics like marriage, child rearing, career planning, etc. require time but not much money.  Meet The Need minimizes the resources or effort traditionally required of the church. Meet The Need can mobilize church members to be ministers in the community directly and in very impactful ways.  Making an investment in community outreach is not optional; the only question is how to be most effective and efficient in bringing the gospel of Jesus Christ to the un-churched in our communities.

3. How do we keep the balance of ministry and outreach needs? 

Churches must be cautious as to not have an inverse relationship between an emphasis on building buildings and building disciples. Many churches have ambitious building programs but often seem to lack ambitious discipleship processes and a bold message from the pulpit.  Maybe in those cases the attention has shifted so much internally, like the company that is overly focused on building infrastructure, that the church is not maintaining a reasonable “balance” across its purposes, under emphasizing evangelism and outreach ministry.  Understanding how to grow without building new buildings is a difficult question, but if you concentrate on building people, God will build the church.

How?

 

Check out our latest webinar, “Keeping an External Focus”, to see more outreach best practices.  Hear directly from Community Bible Church in San Antonio, TX how they manage to stay externally focused throughout the year with the help of Meet The Need.

 

A Thankful Heart

Posted on November 27th, 2013 by Jill Aubin

During this season of praise, we at Meet The Need are so thankful to God for expanding our territory both geographically and in serving specific initiatives.  What a breakthrough year for Meet The Need!  The Lord has opened doors for us to partner with so many groundbreaking organizations.  Whether it be in Our Cities, Our Nation, or Our World, God has blessed Meet The Need with partners like you and we are truly grateful to be working with you!

In many Cities we have key partners who have seen great success uniting and mobilizing their cities using Meet The Need.  Whether it be engaging churches and ministries, involving city and county leadership, broadcasting resources, broadcasting city wide needs, or playing a key role in response efforts during a city wide disasters, these partners have exceeded our expectations!  We are thankful for you!

Across the Nation we have key partners tackling societal issues head-on. Solutions that we’ve developed to help churches, charities and businesses communicate more effectively are also badly needed in addressing social issues such as hunger, disaster relief, adoption/foster care, and grade-level literacy.  Non-profits addressing these issues have struggled with lacking technology to help them manage and communicate efficiently – until our partnerships were formed.  We are thankful for you!

World wide the interest is growing.  Groups who share our heart to unite and mobilize churches and charities to do more to serve those in need are rising to the challenge of launching Meet The Need nationally in Brazil, Canada and Australia.  We are thankful for you!

We are counting our many blessings and truly appreciate those that have contributed to our vision.  May God richly bless you all!

To read more about our partnerships - Click here

 

What are the Issues in Your City?

Posted on August 13th, 2013 by Tonya Nichols

How much time do you spend listening to what your community is saying?

Think about your city. Think about individual neighborhoods—rich, poor, and everything in between. Now, challenge yourself to think about the forgotten neighborhoods (perhaps filled with forgotten people). Maybe, you have to admit, you’ve forgotten them too. What challenges does your city wrestle with? Inadequate transportation, lack of jobs, illiteracy, and latch key children are a few of many that may come to mind.

Our own thoughts and ideas about ‘fixing things’ make for good chatter at dinner parties. But, if we are serious about change it requires a deeper understanding of our neighborhoods, neighbors and their perspective. We need to listen. We seem to make this complicated. It’s actually pretty simple–In order to listen you need to be in relationship. We need to be in places where needs are presented and opportunities for collaborative community-driven Christ-centered action are available. (Note: this might mean (1) rearranging our priorities and calendars and (2) forming cross-cultural and cross-denominational friendships.)

Consider the story of AR Kids Read in Little Rock, Arkansas. I think it will inspire you:

The Issue: Literacy in Little Rock

Several years ago the city of Little Rock, Arkansas uncovered a problem. And, it’s a problem that your community may also share. Nearly 50% of fourth grade students in Central Arkansas are reading below grade level—and community leaders have identified K-12 education as the top issue affecting the economic future of their region.

As community leaders began to research effective solutions and benchmark existing literacy programs throughout the U.S., they quickly recognized that consistent one-to-one tutoring coupled with effective mentor training and support was the key. “People began to ask ‘How will we find these volunteers and where will they come from?’ and we were at the table to say ‘We have relationships with hundreds of churches, ministries, and civic groups,’” shared Traci Wheelis, Operations Manager at AR Kids Read.

The Solution: Collaboration

“Things began to take off from there and at so many moments during this journey, which has been over a year now, God has had a hand in the process. We could not have done this on our own,” Traci said. “We found that we really began to build momentum because no matter what the size of the church, how large or small the elementary school, what neighborhood people were coming from or going to, the issue of literacy was easy to rally around. We all recognize that the future of our children is important, and that one individual could really make a difference. Anyone could help.”

After successful pilots at several elementary schools in January 2012, the new school year prompted The Nehemiah Network to launch AR Kids Read and mobilize over 1,000 church members as individual tutors for third graders throughout three school districts.  Going into their  4th successful semester they now have team captains at 43 elementary schools and 250+ volunteers from churches and businesses.

“We encountered several significant obstacles along the way,” Traci shared. “There were times we didn’t know how this was going to be funded. And, it was all so new and unfamiliar at the beginning that we really had to work hard to be unified and blend many perspectives and ideas into one cohesive program. I have to say that one of our biggest challenges in the beginning was logistics. Meet the Need has made it easy for us to communicate the dozens of tutoring times available to our volunteers AND automatically notifies our partners at the school district when a volunteer has registered so they can get them scheduled for training and orientation.”

To hear an interview with Traci Wheelis and learn more about how to replicate this program in your own community (and how to set it up efficiently in your Meet The Need account), watch the August User Webinar – “Events Made Easy“.

Register for our next user webinar on September 10 at 1p eastern “Holiday Preparation

What Does Serving Others Do? Part 2

Posted on July 31st, 2013 by Tonya Nichols

What Does Serving Others Do?

Part 2

 

Serving Others Brings Unity

I believe that nothing blesses God more than when we are serving others together as the Body of Christ.  Most of us are familiar with Paul’s letter to the Christians in Corinth about the church being the Body of Christ having different members, yet being one, unified. (1 Corinthians 12).  Serving across typical denominational lines or even your own church’s normal ‘circle’ can push us out of our comfort zone, but is well worth it when we experience the blessing of  Psalm 133:1!

“How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity!”  -Psalm 133:1

“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.  By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”   -John 13:34-35

Joe Shansi who served with 4KIDS of South Florida  said: “What a wonderful first-time experience (for me) for a great cause. What a great atmosphere to be working at an event with a group of volunteers with the spirit of God present.  I loved it, especially being able to meet other brothers and sisters in Christ.”

Other great testimonies of serving others in unity:

“We had a great crew of volunteers working at the store loading groceries as individuals and families shopped to help other families in need! It was really cool to work alongside other people from a variety of churches in our area! Yeah God!”

  • “My 13 year old son Matthew and I had so much fun on Sunday afternoon at ECHO. Such a great turnout and enthusiastic volunteers. It was truly a great feeling working side-by-side with not only our church’s volunteers but other churches’ members as well.”
  • “It was an amazing experience. So many people were there and we all worked together for God!”
  • “It was a great day of serving someone in need. I was amazed at what we accomplished in such a short period. Many hands make light work. I am so thankful to have been a part of being a blessing to someone else!”

Serving Others Encourages Serving

As mentioned in What Does Serving Others Do?  Part 1  I talked about how in serving you are changed because God made you to freely give and so a unique true need is also met in you.  I believe that this multiplies in us a desire to keep serving.  It doesn’t tire us out, but quite the opposite actually happens – we are regenerated and so have a desire and energy to serve more.  Serving becomes a “fill” for us, not a “drain” and takes the focus off of our problems and situation and allows us to see others and their needs.

Marci Evans, a member of Christ Church Plano in Plano, Texas who volunteered as part of the church’s outreach at Minnie’s Food Pantry said this about how serving others encourages more serving:  “My family had a wonderful experience and watched as our oldest daughter expressed genuine caring and generosity to others and her service. She is now asking to volunteer at Minnie’s Food Pantry to continue service to others.  Thank you to our church for opening our daughter Emily’s eyes to this need in our community.”

Other awesome testimonies on how serving others keeps giving:

  • “We mowed the lawn and trimmed all of the trees.  We were able to do some tree trimming for the neighbors as well. I met some nice people and it’s always fun to do something that benefits others.  Praise God for all of the chances to help.”
  • “I took a helper with me and he was really humbled by the experience. He mentioned to me that he would like to help more often.”

What Does Serving Others Do? Part 1

Posted on July 15th, 2013 by Tonya Nichols

What Does Serving Others Do?

Part 1

SERVING CHANGES LIVES

Those whom you serve are changed through having their needs met, you are changed because God made you to freely give and so a unique true need is also met in you, and in turn your community is changed because the church is fulfilling the Great Commandment to “Love your neighbor as yourself” found in Matthew 22:37-40.

It was great to hear of Cardell Brown’s testimony who served in McKinney, Texas with 3e McKinney’s Garage Giveaway:  “I had a super time directing traffic and meeting new friends.  Most of all it was great to be able to pray one on one with the folks who were dropping items off.  We prayed for healing, jobs, homes, children, and a host of other things. I can’t wait to hear the good reports.  It was great having my son here on this day so he could see that we are blessed to be a blessing.”

Andrea Durrett who served with Tampa’s Metropolitan Ministries shared:   “I truly enjoyed working in outreach, I really felt like I made a difference in people’s lives. Thank you for the opportunity!”

Some other testimonies of how serving changes lives:

  • “We had a wonderful time helping seniors in their homes. It was a blessing to watch our children share their time with us while serving others.”
  • “It was just so amazing to be there and be a part of that experience. I never realized how many people there were in our community that needed help.”
  • “It was a great experience for our 14 year old son.  It’s important to learn about giving of your time. I have done this with other children when they were in their teens as well.”

 SERVING PLEASES GOD

Our sacrifice is to keep offering praise to God in the name of Jesus.  But don’t forget to help others and to share your possessions with them. This too is like offering a sacrifice that pleases God.”  -Hebrews 13:15-16

Obviously God made us to worship Him, but we tend to think that worship is what we do on Sundays.  Worship is a daily lifestyle of praising God and giving Him glory through our thoughts, words and actions.  What better way is there to show our love for Him in action through serving those in need!

Testimonies of Serving that Pleases God:

  • “It was an opportunity to serve God.”
  • “It blesses my heart and my family’s to be the hands and feet of God.  I thank the Lord for allowing us to give back to His people and help further His kingdom.
  • “It was more than I expected (in a good way).  Thank you for the training to be equipped to serve with prisoners that are being released back into society. What a ministry that I am so blessed to be a part of! No better way to be more like Jesus than visiting those in prison. God use me!”

Next time in “What Does Serving Others Do? Part 2″. We will talk about how serving brings unity in the church and encourages even more serving!  It truly is a “Win-Win” situation!

The Kids are out of School…now what?

Posted on June 21st, 2013 by Jill Aubin

How do we keep those little ones busy and learning this summer? Keeping them involved in giving can restore so much of the balance that gets out of whack during a time when materialism is so often the focus with vacation trips, amusement parks, shopping and eating out. Creating a culture of giving and service with your kids can be one of the most valuable lessons they can learn and the greatest gift you can give them! There are many great opportunities for community service for kids that will expand their social circle, teach them empathy and compassion and increase their chances of success in life.

Need some help coming up with ideas? Consider these:

  •  Have a “trying on” party and clean out dresser drawers and donate clothing that they have outgrown to a local shelter.  Play dance music to make it fun!
  • Take the kids to a local nursing home and hug a resident.  It makes their day to see the little ones
  • Bake cookies and deliver them to a fire or police station as an appreciation
  • Go to a local park or community area and pick up trash
  • Write a letter to a soldier and thank him for his sacrifices
  • Go through your pantry and pick out canned goods to take to a local food pantry
  • Commission your kids to help you babysit for a single mom
  • Make baby care packages for the pregnancy center
  • Do yard work for an elderly neighbor
  • While out running errands with the kids, say thank you to the grocery clerks, waitresses, counter clerks, etc. Random acts of kindness
  • Deliver and plant some flowers to brighten someone’s day
  • Collect good/clean stuffed animals and dolls from friends and deliver to pediatric hospital
  • Offer to walk a dog or wash a car for a neighbor
  • Help weed in a community garden
  • Prepare sack lunches and deliver them to the homeless in your community

Everyone has something to offer or share with others, even children. Always consider your child’s passions, talents and gifting’s when picking your projects.  Your kids will return to school telling all their teachers and classmates what an awesome summer they had giving back to others!

 

 

New! Group Sign-Up is here for Events!

Posted on May 9th, 2013 by Jill Aubin

When a volunteer adopts an EVENT need and says they are bringing multiple people with them to serve, have you ever wanted to know who those people are and have each of them receive automated reminder emails?  Want to see the serving activity of your small groups and families?  Well now you can!

Registration is quick!

If a volunteer changes the quantity of people coming to anything greater than 1 then a pop-up appears asking if they’d like to register a “group”.  That individual names the group and registers everyone in their group to meet that need by entering the following information for each group member.

  • email
  • name
  • phone
  • age range

Each individual becomes a Pending Member of the Master Organization (if they are not already approved). The system will remember the group so that the user can utilize it at a later date.  Group members can always be deleted or added.

 

Note: do not check the per user limit when posting the need if you want to allow your volunteers to utilize group sign-up.

Reporting is easy!

Data for each volunteer is captured on your current Needs and Commitments Reports.

  • See what individuals and groups have sign up for particular need.
  • Search easily by group name to see all the serving activity of a particular group.
  • Sort by individual to see how he/she as served by themselves or with a particular group(s).

Emails Go to Everyone!

  • Each group member receives a confirmation email with unique access to their personal serve account (through a temporary password).
  • Each group member can edit or cancel their own commitment at their convenience.
  • Each Group member receives automatic reminder emails at 21, 7, and 1 day prior to the need date.