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SignUpGenius Gives Ohio Counseling Center Super Organizing Powers

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syntero counseling ohio center organizes appoints helps kidsAt Syntero Inc., popular children’s superheroes and cartoon characters are a serious matter. The organization provides counseling, clinics and other programs that promote healthy behaviors in adults and children — with a particular focus on helping at-risk kids.  

Groups are based around popular franchises and characters that make them relatable to children. For example, to teach anger management strategies, Syntero offers a camp called “Angry Birds.” Its Star Wars group, “Jedi Mind Tricks,” helps teach children strategies to control their worries and stressors. 

“Each summer, we offer a variety of groups meant to focus on building coping skills and providing some psychoeducation on mental health and how this affects us individually,” says Shantel Hammett, the school-based clinician and summer program coordinator for Syntero. 

Keeping track of these services quickly became a time-consuming task. Every time a parent would sign up for one of Syntero’s camps, they would have to call the office, and Hammett would manually put their information into a spreadsheet. SignUpGenius provided a time-saving solution. 

“As an organizer, I haven’t had to keep track of registrations. All of the information needed was compiled in one place and when groups were full, users could no longer register,” Hammett says. “I also enjoyed the fact that parents could delete the registration themselves if they were unable to attend, and I would be notified of cancellations. Parents really appreciated the ease of an online registration, and I was notified anytime there was a change.” 

We can’t wait to see the good work Syntero continues to do in Columbus, Ohio, and the children they will help with their knowledge, dedication and creativity. Keep doing genius things!


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Be Brilliant This New Year with SignUpGenius Pro

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We’re flipping the switch on a brighter way to organize this year, so prepare to dazzle your friends with your planning brilliance! 

To help you do that, we’re offering a special discount through January 31, 2017: a full year of SignUpGenius Pro for just $99! 

With Pro, you’ll unlock advanced features so you can: 

  • Remove ads on sign ups
  • Display multiple sign ups on one page with tabs
  • Schedule emails to participants
  • Add multiple admins on the account
  • Choose advanced reporting options
  • Use calendaring syncing for sign ups
  • Collect more participant data with custom questions
  • Use file storage for attachments on sign ups
  • Create custom start/stop dates

And that’s just for starters. 

SignUpGenius wants you to be the brightest bulb in the box this New Year. So hurry and sign up before the lights go out on this stellar deal!


Posted by Franny Vancheri on Thursday, January 12, 2017 7:23 PM EST
how do I change the time to EST?
Posted by Betsy Lytle on Monday, January 16, 2017 9:18 AM EST
Hi Franny,
The *Date Format* and *Time Zone* settings allow you to have a default setting for your account and for any sign up created on your account.

The default setting for your personal account is found by logging in to your account and locating *Settings* on the left side of the account page. Click: *Other* to make any changes. Remember to select *Update Settings* to save any changes. This setting is used as a default for anything under 'Item's You've Signed Up For'.

You also have the option to set a date format and time zone for any specific sign up you create.

For example, if you have a default of Pacific Standard Time for your account, you are able to create a sign up using Eastern Standard Time.

If you want to change the time zone for a specific sign up, log in to your account and locate the sign up you created. Click the pencil icon to the right of the sign up and go to *Step 3: Dates and Times*. Click the orange underlined option for *Time Zone or Date Format*. The pop-up will display so that you can set the time zone and date format for that specific sign up.
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Congrats to Our Real Life St. Nick Contest Winners

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We love to share stories of difference makers in our communities, especially about those who serve others.

Last month in our Real Life St. Nick Contest, we asked you to tell us about someone who lives and gives generously. You voted for the most deserving entries. Now we’re awarding the following Real Life St. Nick winners. Congrats to all!

First Place Winners (2):

trent-meyer-winnerTrent Meyer
Nominated by Derek Bergman
“Trent Meyer is the director at the United Methodist Camp that I also serve at. He is the kind of person that will pick up a person asking for a hand out and take them to lunch. He then keeps in contact with them to help them gain connections to find jobs, places to live or find shelter. Even through the hard times of his wife's cancer treatments and his daughter’s type 1 diabetes diagnosis, he finds ways to help others around him. Trent is not a self-serving person and often puts others needs before his own.”

winner contest real life st nickLori Magelky
Nominated by Laurie Steiner
“In 2005, Lori Magelky established a low-cost neuter organization. Living away from other options, she began making weekly trips to a cooperating veterinarian over 120 miles away. That first year, she took more than 300 animals to be spayed or neutered.  In the years since, she recruited part-time veterinarians and volunteers to staff and operate a low-cost clinic right in her community. Over 20,000 animals have now been helped, and euthanasia rates at local pounds have dropped dramatically. I feel Lori has gone way above and beyond to make her community a better place.”

Second Place Winners (3):

real life st nick winner contestLisa Blumberg
Nominated by Loren Blumberg
“Lisa is a fourth grade elementary school teacher who has a passion for helping others. Lisa has dedicated her life to helping children succeed. She also donates blood on a regular basis to help those in need. Lisa goes above and beyond with everything she does, and deserves to be recognized.” 


Joy Pettywinner real life st nick contest
Nominated by Rebecca Giunta
“Joy Petty founded Wonder Workers, an after-school 160+ member student club that emphasizes a hands-on approach to community service. Joy inspires kids to be remarkable children with big hearts! Wonder Workers provides service to local, established organizations and participates in service activities like making blankets and making 2000+ sandwiches for our area’s homeless population. Joy is helping to teach a new generation how to better our community and beyond. She inspires us to broaden our worldview, and she teaches students how to recognize a need and meet it.” 

real life st nick winnerRandy Whitely
Nominated by Kelly Mansi
“I would like to nominate Randy Whitely. He is a pastor with a capacity to love and selflessness [that] has impacted literally thousands of people. He always shakes your hand, gives a pat on the shoulder and is never too busy to listen. If there is not time at the moment, he will make time later; action accompanies his words. He sets a tone of love in Harvest Bible Chapel, Cleveland NE that I have never before experienced. The impact is literally global as he also travels to other countries with the purpose of spreading Love. He is transparent, shares what God has taught him and doesn't just "preach." Everyone is important, equal and loved by him.”

Third Place Winners (5):

real life st nick winnerToby Price
Nominated by Jackye Shepard 
“[Mr. Toby Price] is the Principal at the school I work for, but here at school he's more than that to the kids. He goes out of his way to ensure every student feels welcomed at school - that they are a part of something big, and they have a part to play in it. He makes our school a place "Where kids want to learn, and teachers want to teach!" He is a husband to a wonderful and supportive woman, and a father to three beautiful children, two of whom are autistic. When he leaves school to embrace his family, he makes sure that they all feel the same way his students do, regardless of the challenges they may face in life.” 

real life st nick winnerDeb Crisswell
Nominated by Melissa Bock 
“I am nominating Deb Criswell, founder of Pound Pets Inc. in Granite City, IL. In the past few years, Pound Pets has taken custody of every animal at animal control that is not reclaimed. What used to be a very high euthanasia rate has now dropped to virtually zero. Every morning Deb drives close to an hour to take care of the animals before work and returns after work to put in two or three more hours. She places the animals in fosters or with rescues and holds frequent adoption events. No animal is skipped over, no matter the circumstance. In addition to all of this, the organization also runs a community outreach program, providing local residents in need with food for their pets. None of this would be possible without Deb.” 

real life st nick winnerKelli Steward
Nominated by Catherine Hynes 
“Kelli Steward is an inspiring third grade teacher, a wife, a mother, a relative to many people who have battles with cancer. One battle that she holds dear to her heart is the one her father has been fighting. Her dedication to her family and students shows the beautiful heart she has. Her mission does not stop with an annual participation Relay for Life but a yearlong dedication to raising funds her team. She works hard to be a beacon of hope for her relatives and everyone else that is fighting. If her father knew about this nomination, there is NO doubt in my mind he would nominate his little girl. Her dedication, her caring heart is very apparent to our community.” 

real life st nick winnerShawnette Comer
Nominated by Trudy Gonzalez 
“My sister, Shawnette Comer, helps organize a Christmas day clothing drive and 3 - 4 food trucks make meals for the homeless. This event has become a family tradition and we help out on the day of.”


real life st nick winnerYolonda Devine
Nominated by Margie Coursey 
“[Yolonda] started a FB page to help struggling parents provide gifts to their kids this Christmas.  I stumbled across it and was amazed. This stay at home mom, out of a very modest home, is making a huge difference. Parents/Caregivers who need help with Christmas presents post on the site about their situation and ages/genders of kids under their care. She is collecting and coordinating deliveries with a few helpful friends pitching in. Currently the count is 188 kids that will receive gifts because of her efforts. Yolonda is a great example of what one person can do to help many in a community.”

Thanks to our Real Life St. Nick winners for all that you do to make the world a better place. Keep up the GENIUS good work!

Special note: entry content in blog post may have been edited slightly for space or misspellings.


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New Year's Planning: Be Brilliant in 2017

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sign up genius 2017 planning guide organized new yearAfter you’ve tossed confetti and toasted to the New Year, it’s time to put your plans for 2017 into action. We’ve got tips and ideas to help you make it happen.

Be a Genius Organizer

Boost your efficiency this year with these tips:

Unlock Smart Ideas to Help Your Community

Consider how to get involved with causes that matter most to you.

Feel Brilliant

You don’t have to join a gym to prioritize your body this year. Check out these fun ideas to motivate your family to get moving and be healthy.  

  • Balancing career and family is always a challenge, but these tips can help make life more fulfilling in and outside the office.   
  • Working out can help boost your energy and mood along with your health. Try these 10 fitness tips for busy parents.     
  • Encourage kids to get moving and have fun — even if they don’t play sports.
  • Prepare healthy and tasty snacks for your family with these easy ideas.

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  • Let us help you simplify your life in new ways this year!
  • Check out our tutorials to get the most out of your online sign ups.
  • Browse our FAQs to answer your sign up questions and catch a few laughs.
  • Up your online sign up game with SignUpGenius Pro. Pro offers features such as customized sign up themes, no-ad licenses and cloud storage. Genius!

To help kick off the year, we’re offering a “Be Brilliant” SignUpGenius Pro promotion starting at just $99 per year. With SignUpGenius Pro, “changing the world” will be the easiest item you check off your To Do list in 2017!


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Genius Groups That Inspire Us

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salvation army uses signupgeniusThere’s nothing like surprising loved ones with the perfect gift for Christmas, but giving is about more than presents piled under the tree.

At SignUpGenius, we are honored to help millions of you give back during the holidays and all year. During this season of generosity, we want to spotlight a few of the people and groups who have inspired us by making an impact in their communities and beyond.  

Groups Making a Difference 

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Want to spotlight a special person you know? You can share your gratitude for someone making a difference in the community by nominating him or her for our $3,000 Real Life St. Nick Contest. They could win up to $500 with a $100 bonus for you!

We wish you a joyful holiday season with loved ones and a Genius New Year!

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Genius Hack: Hide Names on Your Sign Up to Protect Privacy

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genius hack ideas tool signupgeniusSo you want to add extra privacy and security on your sign ups, but you’re also a stickler for a simple and clean presentation? SignUpGenius has the tools to put your organizing-loving mind at ease.

If you need to keep client names confidential or nonprofit aid recipients’ identities out of the public eye, we make it simple. You can protect your group member’s identifying information easily by setting up the option to hide names in Step 5 of the sign up creation process. As the sign up creator, only you will have access to see that information when logged in to your account.

Set up your sign up like you usually would, but when you arrive at Step 5, select the checkbox that reads, “Also hide the names from group members.” 

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After participants sign up for a slot, it will simply read “Already filled” instead of displaying the person’s name.

That’s extra peace of mind for both you and your sign up participants. It’s genius!

Need more advice or tips? Browse our FAQs for answers to common questions or contact our award-winning customer support staff. And stay tuned for more Genius Hacks.


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