We are so excited to announce another Super Jooner!
Mother of 7-year-old twin boys and self-confessed Kindle-addict, Kristi H. has proved herself an online sign up sheet wizard. Aside from coordinating Cub Scout events or a trip to Disneyland for 25, Kristi enjoys camping, scrapbooking, and spending time with her husband.
Read on to discover Kristi’s perspective on volunteering and appreciation for online, group activity management.
1. How did you first hear about Jooners?
I heard about Jooners 3 years ago when my kids entered kindergarten and I had signed up to be the room parent. There was a small buzz around school about it so I decided to try it for a year.
2. What do you use Jooners for?
I have used Jooners for a variety of things, including meal assignments for camping trips, volunteer assignments for cub scout functions, and most often for organizing events for my sons’ classrooms.
3. Has using Jooners made your life easier? If so, how?
I plan MANY events on a regular basis and Jooners has had a significant impact on my organizing efforts. First, going paperless has been a plus because I don’t have to keep track of paper sign up sheets that always end up getting lost. Second, while going paperless is great, email alone becomes very cumbersome because there’s always a ton of back and forth responses to manage. Jooners eliminates that by having everything in one centralized location that I can check anytime. All this equals a more enjoyable planning experience for me!
4. What are the three most important things you learned in your volunteering efforts?
The three most important things I have learned in my volunteering efforts are:
A. People are usually willing to help if you give them clear, detailed direction.
B. Always make sure your correspondence is positive. People respond better if they feel you are part of the team rather than the director of the team.
C. Don’t criticize someone else’s volunteering efforts unless you are willing to put yourself on the line too.
Volunteers dedicate their time, mental energy and usually their own money to make sure events go well. Thank them by helping out and keeping things positive.
5. What advice do you have for those new to organizing?
In addition to my responses in Question #4, advice I would give to someone starting out volunteering is to definitely use an online tool like Jooners. It’s easy to use, reasonably priced and their technical support is excellent. You will be amazed at how stress free your planning becomes!