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Using Get Connected Custom Shifts Feature to Schedule Your Volunteers

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Feb 27, 2017
by Nikki Russell

Did you know that you can use the custom shifts and recurring shifts features to schedule your volunteers?  

Custom shifts are for volunteer shifts that don't occur at the same time each day. Here are some examples of needs that would fit into the "Custom Shifts" category:

  • Multiple shifts within a single day, such as serving shifts at a soup kitchen
  • Shifts that occur at different times on different days
  • Shift that may occur at the same time but require a different number of volunteers each time

Recurring Shifts are for opportunities with repeating shifts. Here are some examples:

  • An agency serves food seven days a week and needs volunteers to work dinner shifts, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
  • A thrift store needs volunteers to sort donated clothes on the first Saturday of every month.
  • A nonprofit needs volunteers to tutor students after school on Wednesdays

The Recurring Shifts designation is for shifts that occur at the same time of day. If your shifts occur at different times, whether within the same day or on different days, you should use the Custom Shifts designation instead.

To learn about how you can use the Custom Shifts or Recurring Shifts feature, click here

Volunteer Can Check-In and Out of Shifts

You can use the Volunteer Check-in feature so that your volunteers can check-in and out of volunteer shifts.  Volunteer hours are calculated based on:

  • If the volunteer checks in but never checks out, the system attributes the number of hours you entered when posting the need.
  • If the volunteer checks out, the system attributes the number of hours between check-in and check-out.

For instructions on posting a need, click here. To view a video on opportunity scheduling, click here.