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You Can Now Set a Start Date for Reporting

With the beginning of summer, many schools that rely on volunteer time are looking for ways to "reset" their time tracking so they can track milestones better.

We've made this possible with our June release! OurVolts now enables front-end reporting based on a start date, while also maintaining your full log of hours going back to the beginning of your tracking.

Here's how it works

Visit your site management console and find "Start Date".

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Volunteer Milestones: Part 1

Last month, we rolled our our mobile app. Since then, we've been working on our next most requested feature:

Announcing: Volunteer Milestones

We're happy to let you know that we've released the first version, and would love your feedback.

Once you activate milestones, you'll see a graph like the one below showing how many of your volunteers have met certain milestones.

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Google Apps - Free Tools for Volunteer Management

This is the first in what will be a series of posts discussing the use of free and open source technology for charter schools, nonprofits, and grassroots organizations.

Google Apps: Free for Nonprofits

Google Apps is a suite of tools that includes email, calendars, shared, online document authoring, and more - all for free to nonprofits. Your school or organization may already use Google Apps to communicate with employees and students - and you can use it to organize and communicate with volunteers.

Track and Log Volunteer Hours via a Mobile App on iPhone or Android

35 Volunteers can now track hours via the mobile app on their iPhone or Android device.  It's literally the fastest, easiest, and most convenient way volunteer can log hours.  Also, the mobile app is free!

If you are a volunteer manager, you can use the mobile app as a kiosk so volunteers can track hours without logging in.   For volunteers to use it themseleves, they first need to be invited to your organization and have a user account.

How are Charter Schools Using OurVolts?

Over the last year or so, we've seen an increase in the number of charter schools using OurVolts to track parent volunteer hours. What makes OurVolts the right volunteer tracking software for charter schools?  We did a little research to find out.

Approve Individual Volunteer Hours and Configure Profile Fields and other new features!

After working with some of the best volunteer organizers that use OurVolts, we've developed two new features which helps you manage your volunteers easier.  Again this wouldn't have been possible without the volunteer organizers voting for these features.

Individual Volunteer Hour Approval

Help to Improve Volunteer time Tracking

We need your help to make OurVolts the easiest to use volunteer time tracking tool for nonprofit organizations.  Please help us by filling out a short, 5-question survey about your experience with OurVolts and where you would like it to go in the future!

Go to the survey.

Track Volunteer Hours on Your iPhone!

We are excited about getting mobile enabled for existing users of our volunteer time tracking system, and we are making improvements every week. If you have an iPhone, Android, or other smartphone, check out the mobile version of our site, ourvolts.com - it should automatically detect that you are accessing the site from your phone and adjust accordingly. We hope that having a mobile way to track your volunteer hours will be useful to those of you who are always on the go!

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New Convenient Features for Volunteer Managers; and Introducing Mobile Volunteer Time Tracking!

For all of you out there with smart phones, we have some good news -

Mobile Technology and Volunteer Time Tracking

Would you like to see a mobile application for logging volunteer hours? Is mobile technology (for smart phones and tablets like the iPad and HP touchpad) the wave of the future? Would having a mobile option for tracking volunteer hours encourage and promote volunteerism? Would mobile time tracking make the lives of those coordinating volunteer projects easier?