This is a tale of two women - both are busy moms, both are volunteering to help organize the school fundraiser.
She starts out by increasing the minutes on her phone plan
before school starts because she’s planning on making hundreds of calls (and
follow-up reminders). She has a magic
touch with the copier and can juggle 20 clipboards with long-hand signup sheets
(all with minimal paper cuts). Despite
looking totally frazzled for all of September, she has a good-natured demeanor
that makes her seem less cruel as she
begs parents to stop hitting
“reply-all” when answering her email call for volunteers.
Mom number 2 is a little more… hesitant
She wanted to help in the past, but was always too scared of the overwhelming time commitment. She fears her “flaky” reputation and vows that this is the year she WILL help out. She agreed to help with the school fundraiser and has been given the task of organizing parent volunteers. Dreading the thought of late-night phone calls, reply-all emails, and squinting to make out names on multiple hand written clipboard sign ups, she KNOWS there must be an easier way.
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She sets up the fundraiser shifts and tasks in an online calendar with a single bound! She invites volunteers to sign up via an email link, and wait, what? That’s it?
She second guesses herself… Hold on, it can’t be this easy. She checks her VolunteerSpot activity online and parents are already filling the spots – she has their name, email and phone number, and she knows they’ll get an email reminder two days before the event. So what does she do next? She grabs a roster of current volunteers, prints a schedule of the current sign ups, and high fives herself!
We laugh, we empathize, and we raise our chocolate milk cartons to both women – power moms, super volunteers, wonder women.
Which woman would you rather be?
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