As you might expect, your volunteers need to know how much time they'll be required to commit to an opportunity. With this in mind, you can create a range of hours to encompass your program's diverse commitment types, like Quick Task, Full Day, Small Project.
To manage your time commitments:
- Access the Admin interface.
- Navigate to Programs > Volunteer > Time Commitments.
Create Time Commitments
When creating your Time Commitments, you need to define a contiguous range among all of them (i.e., there can be no overlap between any two commitments). Why is this so important? Because you don't apply time commitments to an opportunity, the system does it automatically. When creating an opportunity, you'll enter the estimated number of hours per volunteer, which the system uses to determine the appropriate Time Commitment Type.
EXAMPLE: We have a Short Task commitment with a range of 1.1—5 hours, so if I create an opportunity with an estimated number of hours per volunteer of 4, it will automatically be labeled as a Short Task.
Create time commitment ranges that will cover the majority of your opportunities to give volunteers as much insight as possible prior to applying.
To create a commitment:
- Click Create.
- Give the commitment a name, define its range of hours, and set it to Active or Inactive depending on whether you want it available immediately or not.
- Click Save.
Delete Time Commitments
If there is a time commitment option you no longer need, simply select Delete from its associated Actions menu.
TIP: The main thing to remember is that you must have a contiguous range of hours among all of your time commitments. So, if you delete one, be sure to update the applicable ranges for your other commitments so there are no gaps.