Over the past years, we've received a number of requests regarding Individual Hours. While this feature was originally developed to allow volunteers to log personal hours not associated with need responses on a Connect platform, we realize that different clients wish to use individual hours in more structured and systematic ways. Below are a few suggestions we've gotten in the forums:
The purpose of this thread is to ask you--our clients--how you are using individual hours on your site, and what additional features or capabilities you'd like to have with individual hours. Please be specific; when we discuss enhancement requests, it's important that we can point to concrete examples, or use cases, showing how the added or revised feature would be helpful for clients. In addition, if you would like to chime in and expand on the items above, we encourage you to do that as well. Thanks!
We have started using individual hours along with user groups. For instance, we have a user group for our Youth Volunteer Council and have charged them with tracking their hours and engagement on our website. Sometimes that engagement is through needs and agencies listed, but sometimes it is not and we would like to be able to attached those hours to their user group affiliation. At this time, they are not able to do that when entering individual hours.
I would also think it would be helpful, if an individual enters hours for a need that is affiliated with an agency, but that need is not posted as a recruitment listing, for the individual to be able to associate it with the agency and the agency manager to receive notification of that entry.
Our agencies do not necessarily post all of their needs on the site, just the ones that they are currently recruiting for. But individuals are using the site for all of their activity tracking - not just new opportunities or events that they have responded to.
Giving individuals and agencies a way to interact through these individual hours tracking fields would be helpful.
Hi Lucy -
Thank you for your suggestions! These are documented from your original post in June. So far, you are the only person we have documented as requesting these features. If we get more interest we will revisit to possibly move forward. So far, these have not made the priority list to enhancements due to the scope of changes to the architecture and time required for these changes.
We like the idea of volunteers being able to add individual hours and attach them to an agency when there is not a direct need advertised. The ideal would be for the agency to receive notice for approval and be able to approve them.
It would also be helpful for the site manager to receive an email when individual hours are added but not for a registered agency.
Hi Ruth -
Thank you for your feedback! We will add your name to our list of people who are interested in this as an enhancement.
I like this idea as well. Having contacts noted in an individual hour entry be notified is also a great way for local agencies that are not on the platform to be invited to register. Good idea! I'm behind that one too!
Hi Lynn -
Thanks for your comment! I will note your interest in this feature!
I agree that the system should allow users to add time spent volunteering with agencies not yet in the system. Great incentive to get more agencies involved. We have attempted working with student groups who want to keep track of service, but couldn't because this option is not currently available.
Thanks for your comment Lynda Brown! I will add your name to the list of people interested in this enhancement.
We have allowed volunteers to add their individual hours to their dashboard. We think it is a great feature, however there are some modifications that would greatly benefit our organization for reporting purposes.
1. if there was a way for the volunteer (user) to self select which Agency they are submitting hours for
2. the ability for an agency manager to select which of our agencies those hours are for.
Currently the individual hours just collect in a "blank" field and can't be assigned to one of our agencies.We lose data for our agencies not being able to select which of our agencies the hours should be assigned.
Just bringing Nina's suggestions about individual hours back up again as it is something we would like to see done especially so they can be associated with a specific agency/park. Thanks!
Hi Nancy, thank you for taking the time to post to this thread!
Since there has been some interest and traction on this particular post, I wanted to reach out to collaborate with you about it. Just to communicate, my goal in reaching out is to be able to make sure I fully understand your suggestion, so that I can post an official product suggestion to our internal team and our internal product suggestion board.
I would love to work with you on this if this is something that you would like to collaborate on so that we can add an official product suggestion on your behalf.
Thanks, Nancy, I look forward to hearing your thoughts and to working with you on this!