Tracking Volunteer Efforts

Lori Halley 11 May 2011 3 comments

A while back, Rebecca's blog post - Volunteer Scheduling, Time Tracking and Accountability - offered some tools and tactics for scheduling and tracking volunteer hours. The post offered an overview of available tools, such as:

  • Project management software
  • Volunteer management software
  • Web-based volunteer management tools
  • Tools for scheduling volunteers

As a follow-up to Rebecca's post, we heard from the team at a new web-based volunteer tool - OurVolts. They asked us to let our Wild Apricot Blog Readers know that you can participate in Beta testing of this new online tool. In the meantime, we've learned that the website is now completely ready to use - so here is an overview of this new offering. 

OurVolts: Tools for Turning Volunteer Time Into Social Currency

OurVolts is a web-based tool designed to help volunteer organizations track volunteer effort, measure the impact and share volunteer data. Volunteers can enter their own hours, and see where they stand compared with other volunteers through charts and graphs.
You can now register for the basic plan -- which is free -- and start tracking your hours at your volunteer site.  In fact, it's possible that your volunteer site may be already registered on OurVolts. To find out if it is - you can click on "Find a Site " and look for your organization's website on the list. If your organization is already registered, simply enter your hours using the time entry form provided.  
Please note that the first time you enter your hours, a coordinator or manager will have to approve them in order for their hours to show up in the total.  
We haven't used OurVolts personally - we're simply letting our readers know that this new tool is available - so check it out - visit OurVolts.

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Posted by Lori Halley [Engaging Apricot]

Published Wednesday, 11 May 2011 at 9:00 AM

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  • Anca Mosoiu said:

    Wednesday, 11 May 2011 at 12:13 PM

    Thanks for the mention, Lori!  We'd love to hear any feedback from your readers who try out OurVolts.  

  • J.D. Meier said:

    Wednesday, 11 May 2011 at 6:42 PM

    OurVolts sounds like a nice collection of features.  At the site, I couldn't figure out how to take a tour or take it for a test drive.

  • Lori Halley [Engaging Apricot] Lori Halley [Engaging Apricot]

    Lori Halley [Engaging Apricot] said:

    Thursday, 12 May 2011 at 9:39 AM

    J.D.: The folks at OurVolts suggest that to test the system, you need to sign up for the free basic plan. If you don't want to sign up, you can check out the videos available on the FAQ page. Happy test driving!

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