Charlotte, N.C. – August 5, 2014 – SignUpGenius, the leading online sign up service for volunteer and event organizing, prepares for strong growth in the school market this fall as it eliminates back-to-school stress for parents and teachers. Room moms and PTA organizers use the site to manage volunteers for everything from class parties to book fairs and fundraising events, and teachers flock to SignUpGenius to simplify the process of scheduling parent teacher conferences.
“Making it simple to organize events and volunteers during the busy back-to-school season is critical for schools and families. The added features and simplified site design we are rolling out this month will make it easier than ever for schools to succeed,” says SignUpGenius COO, Angel Rutledge, also mother to four school-aged children.
On August 15, SignUpGenius plans to release a volunteer tracking report to enable schools to track hours volunteers have signed up for across multiple events. In addition, enhancements to the service’s email system will allow schools to improve their communications with parents and increase volunteer participation. With tight budgets, schools increasingly depend on parent volunteers for school success.
Thousands of schools already rely on SignUpGenius to help manage volunteer participation. “We started using (SignUpGenius) last year for our school fundraiser and other school activities. Volunteerism is up significantly....And it's so much easier to organize,” says Terri Topez of Silver Spring, Maryland.
Shari Hartman of Wilmette, Illinois echoes the sentiment. “Recruiting, scheduling, and keeping track of 80 volunteers each month to work in our school cafeteria used to take hours! SignUpGenius simplifies it all. Our parents like it too because it's easy to sign up with friends and they don't have to wait for me to get back to them to get on the schedule.”
In anticipation of growth, SignUpGenius recently doubled its server capacity and upgraded hardware and software to ensure service reliability. The number of users on the site during the back-to-school season in 2013 increased 152% from the previous year with over 7 million people using the service in October alone.
Through September 15, SignUpGenius is offering upgrades from individual accounts to a Pro version for as little as $99 a year. SignUpGenius Pro provides an advanced suite of features for larger organizations that includes multiple administrator access, removal of ads, scheduled start and stop dates on sign ups, and more. For more information on how SignUpGenius helps schools manage volunteers and events, see their school video.
SignUpGenius simplifies the process of coordinating events and people by providing online sign ups for non-profits, schools, sports, churches, families, colleges, businesses, and organizations. By enabling up to 7 million unique visitors per month to sign up for tasks online, SignUpGenius has done away with the need for paper sign ups, "reply all" emails, and phone trees.