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Celebrate Read Across America and Dr. Seuss with These Ideas

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The love of reading takes center stage on March 2 as schools and groups celebrate Read Across America to mark Dr. Seuss’ birthday with special events, programs and story time. Check out these resources to help you plan a fun — and educational — Read Across America celebration.

For Teachers

For Family

Dr. Seuss wrote, “You’ll be on your way up! You’ll be seeing great sights! You’ll join the high fliers who soar to high heights.” Read Across America can give students a new perspective as they rise to new heights, one book at a time.


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Ronald McDonald House uses SignUpGenius to Rally Volunteers for Families Facing Medical Crises

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When children receive treatment in the hospital for serious illness or injury, their families can find a much-needed home away from home at the Ronald McDonald House. In Salt Lake City, the Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Intermountain Area operates a 72-room house, providing private rooms and home-cooked meals to these families at little or no cost. 

The chapter served more than 11,000 families in 2016, and welcomed more than 80,000 visits in its “Family Room” — comfortable amenities at the nearby Primary Children’s Hospital, including sleeping rooms, kitchen facilities and showers. The Intermountain Area runs the largest Family Room in the world.

To provide comfort to families at the house and hospital, the Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Intermountain Area depends on support from volunteers year round. “I use SignUpGenius to manage our Adopt-a-Meal program that serves both our house and Family Room locations,” says Hospitality Manager Lindsay Andreasen. “This program allows outside groups (families, organizations, friends, religious establishments, corporations) to sign up to prepare and serve a breakfast, lunch or dinner at either location 365 days a year.” The group organizes volunteers with SignUpGenius Pro Silver, a subscription with advanced tools for power users. 

Andreasen is grateful that volunteers can duplicate past sign ups to create new events, and manage their own sign ups. She also utilizes the detailed reports available on SignUpGenius for end-of-year reporting.

“Managing over 860 groups can be a very difficult task, but with SignUpGenius it proves to be a breeze,” Andreasen says. “My all-time favorite feature is group emails — I send confirmations once a group signs up, as well as reminder emails once a week!” 

We’re honored to help the Ronald McDonald House provide hospitality and support to families with hospitalized children. Thank you for being an organizing genius!  


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Genius Hack: Add Multiple Administrators to Your Account

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Ever wished you could clone yourself to keep up with all your commitments? We get that sentiment at SignUpGenius, and we’re here to help you — minus the messy gene splicing.

Plan your school, church, business, sports and group events more easily by assigning multiple administrators to your SignUpGenius Pro account.

Our Multiple Admin tool allows you to organize your PTA fundraisers and events in a snap by giving different people in your committee custom levels of permission. For instance, you can allow certain people to create and manage sign ups on your account, while others can view reports or simply monitor if slots are being filled for your big BINGO night.

To get started, log in, and click on the “Pro Tools” button from your main account page (on the left side of the page). From there, select the “Manage Admins” button.

Select the orange “Add Custom Role” button, and you’ll be on your way to adding helpers and defining their roles. 

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From there, you can designate a name for the role and select from a menu of options that will allow you to decide if a person can create sign ups, manage sign ups, manage GeniusDrive files, iCal Feeds or Custom Themes. 

You can even drill down further by assigning permissions to specific sign ups and determining if a subadmin can edit a sign up, send messages, view data and more.  

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Some other ways you can use this tool:

  • Booster Club: Assign coaches or team parents different permissions from one Pro account to create and manage sign ups for the sports season.
  • Class Parent: Let room representatives and teachers manage sign ups in the same account, so they know everything that’s going on in the classroom.
  • Company Account: Give different managers and departments the ability to manage sign ups from one business account.
  • Church Ministries: Equip different ministries (church choir, Sunday School, etc.) with different admins who manage their own sign ups. 

Genius! Who says there can’t be more than one of you?  


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Posted by Sarah Del Rosso on Tuesday, February 21, 2017 8:02 PM EST
Your sign in policy is a pain!
Posted by Betsy Lytle on Wednesday, February 22, 2017 9:20 PM EST
Hi Sarah,
To clarify, we always give users the option to create an account if they wish to do so, but it is not required. If you have a user who has used our site in the past and created an account at some point, they will have to sign in to use the email address associated with that account. Our system will not let someone enter their name and email address without logging in if they have created an account in the past with that email address.

If you have users that are frustrated with that, please direct them to our help page where they can email our support team. We can then delete their account from the site, or assist them in retrieving their password so they can log in.

Our help page link is: http://www.signupgenius.com/help
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United Way Volunteers Take Action to Feed the Hungry

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366 seniors live at or below poverty level in the River Region of Montgomery, AL, putting them at risk to go without healthy meals. These seniors in need are usually provided with Meals on Wheels from the Montgomery Area Council on Aging (MACOA). However last summer, the council realized it simply didn’t have the money and time to be able to handle the demand, and the program came to a grinding halt. It looked like 366 seniors were about to go hungry - until the idea for the United Way Day of Action started taking form. 

With a grant from Depend, River Region United Way decided that they would take the responsibility for preparing and delivering meals to the seniors. But they soon ran into a snag - how would they organize the massive amount of volunteers needed to make the event possible? That’s where SignUpGenius came in.

Ann Cooper, the Vice President of Community Impact says, “Thanks to SignUpGenius email blasts and social media, the River Region United Way Community Council and many volunteers associated with our corporate partners heard the clarion call to help with this massive project. We were able to get volunteers signed up easily and keep them organized and informed every step of the way.” 

Using SignUpGenius, the organization was able to coordinate 166 volunteers from 20 different corporate partners. Over 4 days, 800 total hours of volunteering, and an estimated $18,700 in salary time, those volunteers were able to package 1,151 meals to deliver to the seniors in need. 

On the official United Way Day of Action, the volunteers took vehicles provided by Courthouse Café and the Wind Creek Hospitality Good to Go Food Truck and delivered the meals to those who needed them. The project even helped inspire local residents to get more involved with the cause, “The long-term impact to the community is that MACOA now has more volunteer driver resources who signed up to help with the regular Meals on Wheels delivery program as a result of the Day of Action. It was a win-win for everyone,” says Cooper. 

We couldn’t be prouder of the way the River Region community showed up to help those in need! Thanks for using SignUpGenius.


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EXTENDED! Be the Brightest Organizer in 2017

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There’s still time to be the most brilliant organizer ever this year … so what are you waiting for? Upgrade to SignUpGenius Pro

We’ve extended our best deal of the year until February 15 so you can take advantage of all of our advanced features like scheduling emails, customizing reminders and notifications, building volunteer reports, adding multiple administrators and creating theme designs. Did we mention Pro users can remove advertising from sign ups, too? Genius! 

Preview more of our Pro features and see what level is right for you!


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Valentine's Day Planning Guide

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There’s nothing we love more than helping event-organizing geniuses like you. In honor of Valentine’s Day we put together this list of resources and tips to help you plan an oh-so-sweet celebration. 

Plan a Super Sweet Event

Play cupid to your friends, family and kiddos by making the holiday feel special.

  • Our unique party ideas will make your heart skip a beat.
  • A sign up will ensure that all party essentials are signed (up for), sealed and delivered.
  • Class parties are easier with these tips and tricks.
  • Girls’ night, anyone? Invite friends to an evening out to celebrate together.
  • Plan a movie night for your organization in honor of the holiday.

Give a Gift

Love is in the air, so why not express it to those you care about? 

Spread the Love

Reaching out to your community will make this season feel even sweeter than it already is. 

Whatever you do, find some time to relax and enjoy the people you love. That’s really what it’s all about!


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