The effort of using free sign up services is considerable when you compare it to Parent Booker which is tailor made to serve schools – it’s family and grade aware, it filters what parents see and are notified about, and makes the entire process of sign ups considerably easier for both parents and the school.
Parent Booker provides a consolidated store of all parent’s in a database and which grades parents have children in. With free signup service you have to go through the ordeal of obtaining, then importing parent email addresses and de-duplicating for each email blast.
Signup services have no concept of logging hours, tracking service against hour or task targets or presenting aggregate reports. Parent Booker automatically sends out emails to remind volunteers to show up. Parent Booker even links events and service hours together so that when parents perform a volunteer event their hours are automatically credited to their account.
To address “no shows” Parent Booker gives schools the option to “approve” service hours – so only parents who perform a task get their hours credited.
At the end of the school year there’s no complex, onerous task that a volunteer parent or the school have to perform. A school administrator can simply login and run a report showing how many hours each family has served, or how many times a family has performed a particular duty that year such as hot lunches or yard duty.