Frequently Asked Questions

What is VolunteerSignup.org?  

Volunteersignup.org is a website where volunteer coordinators can quickly create a free, online volunteer signup sheet (also called an online volunteer sign up form by some).
 
One way to make volunteering easier is by letting volunteers signup online.  This way, volunteers can access sign-up sheets anywhere, anytime.  In today's web-connected world of smartphones, tablets, PCs, etc., providing this option just makes sense.  It makes things easier for everyone involved.

How does it work?

Basically, the volunteer coordinator creates an online volunteer sign up sheet at the www.volunteersignup.org website, emails the sign up sheet’s unique link to her volunteers who click on the link to view the online signup sheet and select a task they are interested in.   Here are the specific steps:
  1. You create an online sign up sheet at www.volunteersignup.org
  2. A special link is automatically generated (e.g., www.volunteersignup.org/BKMLT)
  3. You email this link to your potential volunteers (and/or put the link on your organization’s website)
  4. Your volunteers click on the link to view the sign up sheet (no registration required)
  5. Your volunteers select a task and enter their name, email address and telephone number
Later, you can sign in to your VolunteerSignup.org accout and view who has signed up, as well as their contact information (name, email address, phone number), and contact them with further information, if necessary.
 
It is simple and fast.

Who is it for?          

VolunteerSignup.org is for non-commercial, volunteer-supported organizations and groups that provide social benefit: non profits, charities, grassroots organizations, sports clubs, neighbourhood groups, PTAs, etc.  Specifically, the website is intended for their volunteer coordinators, to create online sign up sheets for events and activities and such.

How can VolunteerSignup.org help?

If you have ever recruited and organized volunteers for an event or activity, you know the challenges that a volunteer coordinator faces. One of those challenges is recruiting volunteers to do specific tasks; another challenge is matching them up with a job or a task that they want to do.  And if you are doing this through back-and-forth emails, phone calls, and voice mail, it can become a nightmare.  There is a better way.

If your organization, group or club has the email addresses of its members, one effective approach is to use VolunteerSignup.org to create a free, online, interactive volunteer sign up sheet that lists tasks for volunteers, and to email the sign up sheet’s link to your potential volunteers so that they can select what they want to do themselves.  The link could also be placed on your organization’s website.  It is like passing around a clipboard with a sign up sheet, except it is all done smoothly online.  Online sign up is quick and convenient, and saves time.

Do volunteers need to open an account?

No.  To sign up for a job or a task, volunteers do not need to open an account with VolunteerSignup.org.  They just need to click on the “Sign up” link on the online sign up sheet.  (The volunteer coordinator creates the online signup sheet, so only the volunteer coordinator needs to have an account.  The account is free.  There are no ads and no spam.)  

How many volunteer signup sheets can I create?

Create as many as you like; we do not impose a limit on the number of free online sign up sheets you can create.

Is there a limit to the number of rows a signup sheet can have?

We do not impose a row limit, but if there are too many rows on your volunteer sign up sheet, volunteers may get confused.

If there is no cost and there are no ads, then what is the catch?

There is no catch.  We offer VolunteerSignup.org as free service for non-commercial, volunteer-supported activities to encourage volunteerism.  To learn more, please click here.

How do I edit a sheet after I have created it?

It is easy to edit a sign up sheet after you have created it.  Please click here for specific information.

There are other signup websites out there.  How are you different?

VolunteerSignup.org is free, fast and easy to use; there are no ads or spam; it is explicitly for non-commercial volunteer-supported activities; further, it is possible to track volunteer hours.

Is there a sign up template I can use?

In essence, VolunteerSignup.org is like a free sign up sheet template.  The main difference between VolunteerSignup.org sign up sheets and a traditional paper sign up template is that it is online, making it very easy for a potential volunteer to sign up for a task.  The fact is that online sign up is easier than using paper.  

On this page, why do you sometimes write “sign up” and other times “signup”?   

Congratulations if you have noticed this.  Technically, when “sign up” appears before a noun it should be written as a single word (e.g., signup sheet), or as a hyphenated word (e.g., sign-up sheet).  However, this is not widely known, so we have decided to write it both ways to increase the likelihood of someone finding us while doing a web search for volunteer sign up sheet, volunteer sign up, volunteer sign up form, sign up sheet, etc.  We apologize to any English teachers out there for this inconsistency but hope you understand.