Cheers to Step Up for Soldiers

Learn how a Veterans Assistance Fund uses SignUp.com to manage their volunteer program

This week's SignUp spotlight features an amazing group of sewists doing their part to support their communities during the coronavirus crisis. Introducing Masks for the Frontlines Iowa – a group of over 300 sewists who are sewing face masks for organizations, hospitals, shelters, etc. that are battling Covid-19. We asked organizer Jess Mazour to share the group's experience and any advice she has for other groups hoping to contribute to their communities in similar ways. Here's what she had to say.

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Please tell us about your organization and your signup needs.
Step Up For Soldiers was founded in 2004, by Tom Russell whose goal was to build a wheelchair accessible ramps for two local National Guard Soldiers who had lost their legs during their tours of duty....Moreover, since its inception, the purpose of the organization has expanded to provide funding to soldiers who need financial assistance as well as home modifications, family support and more."

We host various fundraising events throughout the year and are the beneficiaries of a number of events hosted by other local organizations. Our events include a "Combat Mud Run", BBQ cook-off, summer concert series and other small, one off events.

Explain how you use SignUp.com to coordinate these volunteers.
Signup has been very helpful in a few ways. It allows us to easily add contacts to our distribution list, with the option of folks adding themselves on a generic event, create events and have folks sign up on their own vs. us having to assign all spots, and easily email event volunteers based on those who have signed up vs. having to add individual email addresses

Why did you decide to use SignUp?
We chose Signup.com because of it's ratings, and upon a trial run decided it fulfilled all our needs. Ease of use and overall user interface was part of our decision process.

What advice do you have for other volunteer coordinators out there?
Communication is imperative, with your organization and with your volunteers. Think like a volunteer – what information would you want to know? Have as many details as you can have prepared for questions, not only about your event but also about the organization also.

What else would you like our readers to know about your organization?
Our organization helps out young, local veterans. There's a lot of resources for the older generations but not much for the younger vets. We are currently wrapping up a project called the "Kramer House". This is a transition house for a veteran and his/her family during the period the vet is attending a local university. The rent will be low and a portion of the rent payments will be given back to the family as a startup fund once the individual graduates.

Details can be found at http://www.stepupforsoldiers.org/kramer-house. Any and all donations are greatly appreciated and go directly to local vets.

We salute the Stand Up for Soldiers and all the other volunteers making a difference in their communities. Check out how SignUp.com's online coordination solutions and volunteer calendars can keep all your volunteers organized! 


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