Friends of Palo Alto Children’s Theatre

online sign up sheetsTell us about your group. What do you do?
The Friends of the Palo Alto Children’s Theatre is a non-profit organization that supports the Theatre by providing volunteer help, publicity, and advocacy.  While the administration, operational, and maintenance costs of the Theatre are provided by the city of Palo Alto, the Friends raise funds for special equipment and scholarships not included in the city budget.
How do you use Jooners?
Jooners has generously donated a permanent account to the Friends.  This tool has been instrumental for our volunteer coordination.  The Friends run the concessions after each performance – the volunteers are the parents of the cast and crew.  A Friends representative creates the Jooners sign-up list and emails it to the potential volunteers for real-time sign-ups.  In addition, Jooners is used for our cast and crew parties.
Do you have a Jooners story to share? 
For some of our volunteers, this is their first exposure to Jooners.  They seem very impressed by the tool and want to learn more about it and we are delighted to provide them with more information about this valuable tool.
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Welcome SurveyMonkey

Great Organizers pay attention to feedback.

Have you ever wondered….

  • Was last year’s School Fundraiser well received?
  • Do we have the right book selection for this year’s Book Fair?
  • What are the best times to schedule Parents team meetings for our soccer team? And what are the hot topics?
  • How come people are not showing up for our Monthly Neighborhood Potluck?

We have just what you need!

Today we are very excited to announce that Jooners has partnered with SurveyMonkey to add surveys and data collection to Jooners sign up sheets.

SurveyMonkey needs no introduction; it’s likely you have seen and taken their surveys before. You can use SurveyMonkey to create and publish online surveys in minutes and view the results graphically and in real-time. You provide the questions and the audience. They have the tools and the answers!

With this wonderful integration, you can add a survey to a sign up sheet and gather data while you are signing up volunteers and participants.  Or, send a survey after an event to find out what people really thought of the Parents’ Night speaker!  The possibilities are endless.

Here is a short video to show you how easy it is to add surveys to your sign up sheets.

Want to learn more?
Check out the details on the integration  and tell us what you think!

Move on over FourSquare – Finally a real reason to do Check-Ins!

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You have created a great sign up sheet that is now filled with participants. How do you ensure that people show up and do what they signed up to do?  Easy!

Introducing Jooners’ new Check-Ins.  It’s simple, fast and — most important to busy organizers — meaningful.  Simply stated, no more frantic printing of sign up sheets whilst running out the door.  Instead, grab your smart phone, your kid (if applicable), and arrive at your event cool as as cucumber.

As the organizer and owner of the sign up sheet you have access to a special button that lets you check in volunteers and participants as they fulfill their commitments.

To use Check-Ins, follow the steps outlined below.

Click on MORE and then on CHECK IN VOLUNTEERS.  You will see a big red button next to each participant’s name.  Simply click on the Check-In button as participants arrive or deliver on their commitments and you are done!

No more printing of sheets…And no more wondering if Julie showed up for the 7:30am cashier shift at the Bookfair!

Another smart thing about the new Jooners Check-Ins is that it is optimized to be used on your smart phone.  You can be at your event, checking in volunteers and participants free of your computer and not carrying around paper print outs.  Enjoy the freedom!

Just like your sign up sheets, Check-Ins are always available in your Jooners account for reference after your event has come and gone.  While Check-Ins will be part of Premium Jooners, we are sharing the love with all members until March 31st.  Give it a try and  let me know what you think.

Meet Emily…blogger, mom and Jooners user.

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I recently had the chance to connect with fellow blogger, mom and multitasking extraordinaire, Emily Dickey.  Her blog is great — it’s packed with clever DIY activities, candid posts about life as a Chicago mom, product reviews and giveaways.

What inspired you to start your blog, Baby Dickey?                       Emily:  My baby! My husband and I lived out-of-state when we became pregnant with our first so I wanted a way to keep our friends and family in the loop… you know, because no one has ever had a baby before 😉

Fill in the blank:                                                                                     Before I was a mom I showered every day, now I’m lucky if I brush my hair before leaving the house.                                                                                                       

Favorite recent quote by one of your kiddos?                                   Emily:  I was making my morning coffee and Ryan said, “Oh my goodness, what would you do without creamer, mommy?!” He knows my world would be over.    

Words you life by?                                                                                         The days are long, but the years are short…. wake up and live!                                  

What about family dance parties?  What music are your kids “into” these days?                                                                                               Emily:  Haha, my 3-year-old son actually loves B.o.B and Bruno Mars… and he can sing “All I Do Is Win” and “Gangnam Style.” Is that something to be proud of? I’m not quite sure.  I think absolutely….

What is your favorite type of party?                                                   Emily:  Anything that gets everyone together! I love our annual family reunion.

Thanks Emily for chatting!  Did I mention Emily recently reviewed Jooners Premium?    Have a look.

Help! Simple Answers to Common Questions.

Organizers, Volunteers, Parents, and Awesome Jooners Community,

Hello, Amy here.  If you’ve been to help@jooners.com lately, most likely we’ve had a chance to communicate.  It’s been pretty cool for me getting to know some of you, and learn about how you are using Jooners.  I’m learning what’s working for you and what isn’t and our Jooners team is taking notes.  So, thank you!

A few recurring topics and questions are noted here, as well as give you a few tips for solving future help questions.

Q.   How do I change the primary email address associated with my existing Jooners account?
A.   Email help@jooners.com.  Include the existing email address and the address you would like to change it to.  We will change it for you and confirm.  Simple!

Q. What are shifts and why would I use this?
A. In short, shift sheets are your friend.  Perfect for setting up shifts for an event such as library book fairs, timing during swim meets or working the food tent. Check out our brief video, which walks you through the process step by step.

Q. What is Jooners, Why might I use this?
A. Jooners is an online volunteer management system.  We help you create online sign up sheets (just say no to paper!) and strive for happy organizers and happy participants.  Check out our quick How To video to learn more.

Q. Finally, what do I do if I am just plain stuck!
A. Email help@jooners.com.  It is helpful for us to be as specific as you can about the question you have.  For example, be sure to include the email address associated with your Jooners account, the specific sign up sheet (URL is fantastic) you are addressing, and a brief step by step explanation of what is happening. This helps us help you faster and more efficiently.

As always, I look forward to connecting with you and Happy Organizing!

Meet Tammy. Homeschooler, blogger and Jooners user!

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A heartfelt thank you to Tammy Litke, who has recently given Jooners Premium a test drive and blogged about it here.  Tammy is a mother to a 16 year old girl and has been blogging since 2008.  She loves watching movies, spending time in the kitchen and Disney Cruises.

To learn more about Jooners Premium accounts click here.  Also, don’t forget we now offer a monthly payment option for those of you looking to give Premium your own test drive!

Another use for Jooners…Birthday Parties!

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Hello, Amy here!  I love the holiday season but it does get hectic.  And, my son is one of the lucky “holiday babies” as I like to call them.  His birthday falls just after the new year.  While this is great fun for a kid (keep the present train coming!), it can get overwhelming for a parent.

This year, however, I decided to use my Jooners account to help me organize his party.  It was a breeze!  The sheet creation was simple and I decided to share it on my personal Facebook page with family and friends.  This step seriously helped me eliminate at least 10 emails and text messages that I would have otherwise had to send one at a time.

Next time you need help organizing your child’s birthday party, give Jooners a try!  Also don’t forget to try out our feature.  It’s even simpler than the sheet creation, you can customize the note if you want, and your helpers will surely smile when they receive this in their inbox.

Smiles all around make for a happy, happy birthday!