Do the words ‘Parent Volunteer’ strike fear in your heart?

Written by on September 4, 2012 in Uncategorized - 6 Comments

My five-year-old started kindergarten the week before last, and today my two-year-old heads back to preschool.

Cue the “Hallelujah” chorus.

I’m celebrating, but not by drinking mimosas. Today that would be a bit of a waste of my limited time to myself.

Now is the the time I’ve been fantasizing about all summer. I’m cleaning out closets, drawers, and cabinets so that I don’t turn into a raving lunatic every time I open one and see the disorganization. I’m getting my desk back in order. Because for four uninterrupted hours a day, Monday through Thursday, I’m going to work.

I’m going to write that book I’ve been planning for months. I’m going to work on the marketing and social media projects I’ve been promising my clients will come to fruition after Labor Day. I’m going to blog. I’m going to pee by myself.

All of that in the 16 hours per week that Frat Boy The Younger is at preschool.

Unfortunately, that doesn’t leave a ton of time to spend at the kids’ schools helping out.

And there is this:

Just kidding. Sort of.

Here’s the other thing: I just came off of a year of being President of a local women’s group that raises money for our schools and other charities. I’m burnt out, and I need to focus on myself and my burgeoning businesses this year.

This year, I won’t end up being “Volunteer of the Year,” but I’ll pitch in when I can. I feel a little bit guilty not helping more, because I really do love organizing people, things and events.  And being the boss. I really love being the boss.


If I were plunging headfirst into the volunteer pool as I normally do, I’d be using VolunteerSpot. Here’s why:

VolunteerSpot’s FREE sign-up sheets and scheduling makes it super easy and quick to recruit and coordinate parents and volunteers to help with almost anything:

  • Back to school events
  • Classroom readers and parties
  • School volunteers in the library and cafeteria
  • Fundraisers like carnivals, walkathons & book fairs
  • Team snacks
  • Concession stands and tournaments
  • Scout troop activities
  • Collect contributions for fundraisers, fees, trips and teacher gifts

Are YOU ready to simplify the back-to-school season and to say goodbye to ‘reply-all’ email chains, paper sign-up sheets and spreadsheets?

Then you NEED VolunteerSpot! Please try a live demo today! (click here)

Sign-up is easy – a click in an email or a tap on their smartphone is all it takes for any parent or volunteer to get on board. NEW: Clipboard by VolunteerSpot for iPad turns any iPad into a clipboard sign up sheet! Scheduling and follow-up is painless – your personal sign-up calendar or list is always up-to-date and reminders are automatically sent. You can even track hours and send thank you notes with a few clicks!

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As an added bonus, those who sign up to utilize VolunteerSpot will be entered to win an iPad for themselves and $500 for their school. Head over to VolunteerSpot’s facebook page for more details.


I’m Signing Up To _____, And Here’s Why! I’m joining VolunteerSpot’s Back To School campaign to help raise visibility for parent involvement in schools.

Save time {and stress} and get more parents involved
at school with!

VolunteerSpot’s FREE online signup sheets make it easy to organize parents and signup to help for just about anything: classroom helpers, snack schedules, carnivals, library volunteers, parent-teacher conferences and more….  No more ‘Reply-All’ email chains! Please share with your room mom, teachers and parent leaders…

Plus there’s a huge Sweepstakes on VolunteerSpot’s Facebook page! 
Win an iPad for YOU and a $500 for your fave School! Enter here


Disclosure: I did not receive payment for this post. All opinions and content aside from the information provided to me by Volunteer Spot are my own.




6 Comments on "Do the words ‘Parent Volunteer’ strike fear in your heart?"

  1. kippy p. September 4, 2012 at 10:07 am · Reply

    yes. yes they do!

    • Tricia September 4, 2012 at 10:09 am · Reply

      As they should, KP. As they should.

  2. Christin September 4, 2012 at 9:34 pm · Reply

    You’ll love high school! I think they must have a no parents allowed in the building rule.

    • Tricia September 5, 2012 at 9:20 am · Reply


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