The Day of Service feature is for organizers who host and manage a large volunteering day (or days! you can prescribe any length of time you want) alongside nonprofit organizers who operate volunteer opportunities as part of that day. A good example is a United Way or organization that coordinates volunteer days between non-profit partners and companies, schools or other groups.
- Getting Started
- Collecting Opportunity Submissions
- Curating Opportunities
- Hosting an Opportunity within a Day of Service
We have integrated Day of Service into our Dashboard
From the Dashboard, navigate to the "Opportunities" section where you will see the option for "Day of Service". You can immediately get started by setting the framework for your project (aka the guidelines that you want your Opportunity Host partners to follow!). These will include:
- Name of your "day"
- Time frame within which it will take place (opportunity hosts won't be able to submit options outside your dates)
- A waiver for your host partners to sign
- Options for Virtual, Remote and Local Opportunities
- Key contact info
- Other custom questions that you may need to add
Collecting Opportunity Submissions
After completing, you'll see the Day of Service management page. This is where you'll request, create, approve, edit, curate and monitor the various opportunity submissions.
Start by inviting partner organizations to be Opportunity Hosts for your Day of service. Click the invite button to get a link that you can copy and paste anywhere to invite organizers. We recommend sending the link via email, social media, or on own website.
This link brings organizers to the Opportunity Host invite page, where they can create and submit opportunities for your Day of service (feel free to test it out yourself!). Find more information on hosting here.
You can also create and draft your own opportunities to host for your Day of Service by clicking “Create Opportunity."
Once an opportunity has been created and submitted, you’ll notice it appear in the “Pending Review” section, where you can:
- Review opportunity details
- Make edits
- And approve!.
- You can also send Opportunities back to its Host Organization for edits if they do not meet your criteria (hopefully that's never necessary!)
Once an opportunity has been approved, it will automatically move to the "Active" section where you can...
- Adjust Audience and Privacy one at a time...or all at once!
- Monitor sign-up progress.
- Share directly to volunteers.
- You can also make additional edits, duplicate opportunities, or cancel if need be.
All of these actions can be performed on a batch of opportunities simultaneously for a more efficient experience.
Ready to promote your Day of Service and start collecting volunteer sign ups?
Go to Dashboard 1.0 ( at dashboard.goldenvolunteer.com), select settings, then website tools, and copy link that you can paste into emails, social media posts, your website, or virtually anywhere that shows volunteers all of your Day of Service Opportunities, and lets them sign up, with or without a Golden account!
Or share links to specific opportunities - this is great for targeting specific groups or assigning volunteers to opportunities.
Hosting an Opportunity within a Day of Service
If you’ve been invited to participate as an Opportunity Host in a volunteer Day of Service, congratulations! Follow these simple steps to get started.
Get started by logging into or creating a free Golden account. From here you’ll see a quick invitation about the Day of Service you’ve been invited to participate in, where you can click next to start creating your opportunity
Start off by giving your Opportunity a name and description, where you should aim to keep it really short, sweet, and to the point. Your Opportunity name should only be a couple of words that capture the essence of an opportunity or what volunteers will be doing. Leave out things like your organization name, or vague titles. For the description, try to stick to just 1-2 sentences, there’s room to put more specific info and directions later.
Next, you’ll want to keep purpose, role, and vibe short and simple too. Try to answer these questions when filing them in:
- What positive impact will Participants have by getting involved?
- Specifically, what will participants be doing the day of?
- And what’s the overall tone?
Afterwards, you’ll answer a few this or that questions, that are key for volunteers understanding of an opportunity.
Next, you’ll input opportunity location information as well as your point of contact. You'll also be able to provide information on your Opportunity's volunteer capacity in addition to its timing.
On the next page, you’ll have the opportunity to add all additional information a volunteer may need to know after signing up in the Post Registration Instructions section. These are things like parking info, what to wear, reminder to bring a water bottle, and whatever else your volunteers may need to know.
You can choose to upload a waiver, which Golden will automatically collect volunteer esignatures for.
You also have the option to set any other requirements for participants like emergency contact, parent permission, or a background check. However, we strongly urge you to not require these fields unless absolutely necessary, as fewer hurdles to signing up will create a more successful opportunity
Let us know if you need volunteer t shirt size, if volunteers are allowed to bring guests, and if there is anyone else on your team you’d like to receive notifications regarding this opportunity.
We then require to upload a cover photo for your opportunity. Pictures should give volunteers a clear idea of what the opportunity is about and what they’ll be doing. We recommends avoiding logos, posed group shots, or stock photos.
Finally review your Opportunity, make any necessary edits, save as a draft if it’s not quite ready, or submit the opportunity for review! All Day of service opportunities must be approved by the host organization, which may take a day or two. the DoS Organizer will be making sure that this is promoted widely and to the right audiences. Check your email for updates and create more opportunities in the meantime!
Don't see this as an option, and want it? Let us know - contact firstname.lastname@example.org