New Feature: Email Signed Up Volunteers

Today Parent Booker launched a new feature letting admins and volunteer coordinators send emails and push notifications to volunteers who have signed up for a specific volunteer event.

This can be a great way to provide more information just to those people who have signed up such as updates and more extensive information.

Emailing Volunteers

Emailing Volunteers

To email volunteers who have signed up:

  1. Click on Volunteer Opportunities
  2. Click the View button for the specific opportunity
  3. Click on the new Email Volunteers button
  4. You are now taken to a screen where you can set:
    1. From (Name) – The sender’s name that will appear in their inbox.
      To comply with Internet mail regulations to prevent spoofing – faking originator email addresses – all emails will originate from but will contain a note at the end of the email telling recipients that they should reply to your email address, and giving this email address.
    2. Subject
    3. Message Body
    4. Push Notification a short message of up to 109 characters that will appear on iPhones and iPads of all targeted users who have installed and logged into the Parent Booker app.
    5. Attachment - you can optionally add a file attachment to be sent with the message
  5. Once the message has been composed there are two options:
    1. Send a test email so you can get a preview of how the message will appear
    2. Send the email to all volunteers who have signed up for the event

Thanks to St Patrick School in Larkspur, CA for this great feature suggestion.

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


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.