Back-to-School Apps for Parents




VolunteerSpot, the leading free online volunteer coordination tool with more than 1.75 million users, unveils a new Clipboard app for the iPad, which simplifies volunteering and transforms a legion of busy parents into an army of active classroom and school helpers – just in time for the back–to-school season.

With more than 55 million K-12 students headed back to school this year, teachers and administrators from around the country will be shoulder-tapping parents to volunteer, fundraise and make a difference in their community. VolunteerSpot’s innovative technology powers volunteer activities online, making it easy to instantly organize classroom helpers, events, conferences, fundraisers, team snacks and tournaments, service projects, and more.

VolunteerSpot’s new Clipboard app replaces the “old school” pen and paper sign-up sheets and eliminates the “reply all” emails that clutter parents’ in-boxes. In fact, VolunteerSpot’s free coordination tools boost administrative and management efficiencies by up to 85 percent and increase parent participation by 20 percent.

“Teachers rely on parents as their go-to resource for support. More than ever, there is a pressing need for classroom help and fundraising – making the parent volunteer a hot commodity on campuses across the nation,” said VolunteerSpot CEO, Karen Bantuveris. “By making it easier and more efficient for busy parents to actively volunteer at school, we expect VolunteerSpot to become the go-to tool this back-to-school season.”

Additionally, VolunteerSpot has rolled out a new fundraising feature to their online suite of services. Teaming with WePay, a leading online payment transaction company, VolunteerSpot users can collect money quickly, easily and securely for classrooms, schools, teams or non-profits. Leaders use the Contributions feature to collect money for supplies, teacher/coach gifts, to fundraise for trips, and to buy-out volunteer hours often required at charter and private schools.

In addition to the online coordination tools, VolunteerSpot also offers a myriad of free “how to” ebooks, including “Room Parent Survival Guide” and “Classroom Party Ideas,” as well as tips for Teacher Appreciation Week and healthy team snacks. By simplifying the volunteer experience and offering invaluable “how to” resources, VolunteerSpot makes doing good easier for parents and teachers alike.