The New Parent Booker iPhone App is Here!

The new Parent Booker app for iPhones and iPads is launched and available for free to parents with children at schools using the service.

Using the app, parents can:
- view a filtered list of volunteer opportunities tailored based on your children’s classes
- view a calendar showing school holidays and dates then they’ve signed up to volunteer
- receive push notifications whenever the school posts a new volunteer opportunity that’s targeted to parents based on their children’s classes or group memberships (e.g. PTA, clubs, altar servers…)
- enter service hours
- view your progress towards service hour targets via a progress bar

To get the app, or take a look and see if Parent Booker might be a valuable addition to your school, visit:

Schools Can Try Parent Booker for Free For an Entire Quarter
If your school wants to try out Parent Booker it can do so for free, without obligation, for an entire quarter. Sign up your school here >>

Screens from the Parent Booker iPhone App

Screens from the Parent Booker iPhone App


The New Parent Booker iPhone App Is Almost Here

Parent Booker has been working on an all new iPhone app that’s set to make parent volunteering even easier. Crafted by an expert UI / UX designer it makes school volunteering even easier than before…

Screens from the Parent Booker iPhone App

Screens from the Parent Booker iPhone App

The new app provides great new features:
- view a single calendar that combines school holidays with the days you’re signed up to volunteer
- for recurring events sign up using a calendar view
- add and view your service hours right from your mobile
- track your service hours on a progress meter

The app is nearing completion and will still need to be approved by the iTunes store. It should be released in May.

Schools can try out Parent Booker for an entire quarter for free - sign up and use promotional code NEW APP here:

Sign up for a free quarter long trial of Parent Booker for your school >>

New Enhancement: Alert Message to Register Children

Service hour reports for specific classes do not show parents unless they have registered that they have children in that class. Some parents register without adding their children. If parents have not registered their children then they will see messages about all volunteer opportunities – not just the opportunities relevant to them based on the classes that their children are in.

Parent Booker now detects if a family does not have any children registered, and alerts parents to AddChildrenWarningadd their children with a warning message.

Parents can click on a button which will take them directly to the My Account page where they can register their children.


New Enhancement: Resend Confirmation Emails

A new feature has been added allowing administrators to resend confirmation emails to parents who have registered, but who have not yet clicked on the activation link in their confirmation email.

To Resend a Confirmation Email
(Note this function is only accessible to admins)

  1. Go to  Admin / Manage Users
  2. Navigate to the user by clicking on the first letter of their last name, or clicking “all users”
  3. Click on a user’s name (in dark blue)

What will then happen…

- if the user has not confirmed their account they will be resent the activation email

- if they has confirmed their account they will be sent the password confirmation email

Volunteer Hours Valued Between $15 and $25 per Hour

Click to view interactive map

The AARP published this map identifying the value of a volunteer hour in each state.

Nearly 27 percent of the U.S. adult population gave 8.1 billion hours of volunteer service worth $169 billion in 2009, according to the Corporation for National and Community Service.

The interactive map shows just how good-hearted and generous neighbors have been.

Targeting Volunteer Events at Specific Parents

The create event screen lets you target events at specific families

One of Parent Booker’s most significant features isthat it allows events to be set up so that they are only presented to parents with children in specific classes. This feature can also let you set up groups – e.g. PTA members, altar servers… and selectively target events at members in those groups.

Parents can join these groups either when they register (they are shown as textboxes on the sign up page) or afterwards by going to My Account.

Admins can also go to the Admin / Manage Users page and add families manually to these groups.

Targeting Events at Specific Parents

When you create an event the very first page shows you checkboxes for every class and every group. Simply check the boxes for the parents that you want to target, or if you want every parent to see the event click select all so that every box is checked.

Your event will now only be displayed on the website, or in the app, to parents with children in the classes and groups that you designated.

This feature means that parents don’t have to waste time scanning through long lists of events that aren’t relevant to them – the app and site cut to the chase.

Parent Booker Helps Schools Go Green, Save Time & Money

Schools using Parent Booker are finding significant savings since instead of sending out paper flyers they can easily email blast the entire school, or parents with children in specific classes. This means:

  • They save paper
  • They save time printing flyers
  • They save money
    Parent Booker maintains a list of parents and which classes their children are in. So schools don’t have to waste time maintaining email lists or filtering out just the parents with children in specific classes.

    With Parent Booker emails and apps schools are starting to find that they are finally engaging with many parents they previously hadn’t been able to. These parents are volunteering and becoming an increasing part of school fund raising activities.

    Just more ways Parent Booker helps schools and makes parent volunteering simple!

  • Parent Booker lets you set up Volunteer Rosters

    Does your school have an event where there’s a roster of tasks such as a carnival or book fair? Parent Booker lets you set up a roster of tasks where you can set up:
    - tasks
    - how many people are needed
    - start and end times


    Parent Booker lets you set up a roster of tasks at different times, such as for a carnival or book fair.

    Parent Booker can send out email reminders and automatically record and track the hours that are served.

    Just another way that Parent Booker makes it easy for schools to recruit and track parent volunteers and their service hours.

    New Feature: Promote Service Hour Guidelines to Parents

    Link to service hour guidelines shown to users

    A link to service hour guidelines shown to users.

    A new feature is available on Parent Booker. Now you can add a link to a page such as a Google Doc where you keep service hour guidelines. This link is set up by admins using admin / settings.

    Using this setting a new link appears on the Service Hours page right where parents enter their hours. This helps ensures parents are clearly made aware of hours that will be approved or rejected up front.