Meet The Need has a wide array of materials and videos available to help you encourage others to join the network of MTN users.
If you are a church, sharing MTN with your charity partners will make it much more simple for you to show their needs to your members. For materials to tell your charity partners about MTN, click here.
If you are a charity, sharing MTN with your church partners will make it much more simple for you to communicate your needs directly to their members. For materials to tell your church partners about MTN, click here.
You can also access those materials on the Share MTN! button on the orange sub-menu on www.meettheneed.org or by clicking the blue Share button on the bottom of your Dashboard.
The icons are associated with each type of need based on the category chosen when the need was posted. These icons are used by our members nationwide; therefore, we are not able to customize them. However, if you are running an outreach event, you can create customized categories and subcategories and can also attach your own icon/logo (.jpeg) to your overall event.
People are not accustomed to going to a charity, company or church web site to search and adopt needs. They are used to hearing about charitable needs or events through emails, a bulletin, the pulpit announcements, etc. and signing up via a paper form. So you will want to communicate and remind them frequently to go to your web site to find ways they can serve others. Driving traffic toward your web site will take workload off your staff and allow you to spend more time cultivating relationships and planning new opportunities to increase your impact in the community.
To display your needs on your Facebook page, please read our Facebook Tab Set Up Instructions.
Needs will no longer appear in Search Results if they are met or after the Expiration Date you enter. You can change the Expiration Date for each need on your Open/Partially Filled Needs, Filled Needs, and Expired Needs reports.
Send the Links You Create to partner organizations who you want to share your needs with their constituents. They will find it much easier to communicate your needs using those Meet The Need links than through their traditional, manual methods (e.g. the pulpit or bulletin for a church). They can simply send the link(s) out via email/newsletter or attach the link(s) to button(s) on their web site.
Simply attach (copy and paste) the link(s) to button(s) on your web site (indicating the types of needs shown) for people to “shop” those needs and sign up to help. For example, buttons may say “Volunteer Now”, “Most Needed Items” or “Current Needs of Metro Food Bank”. Links can also be attached to your menu items, pictures, or text on your web site. Each link is customized to display only the needs that the organization wants to show on that particular button. The organization can set up its web site however it would like – showing whatever needs it wants to wherever it wants to.
Some churches and companies set up a new “Serve the Community” landing page on their web site with several buttons showing a wide variety of opportunities to help in different ways. MTN provides you a set of Best Practice Recommendations for implementing Meet The Need on your website, including recommendations for where to display your buttons or links.
Once we post needs, where do we get our links to show them on our web site? (View Instructional Video)
Showing needs requires links provided to you by Meet The Need in one of three ways:
- Emailed to you when your organization registered
- Retrieve the links from your Dashboard by clicking the Link button located in the top right corner of the box for each module, or
- Create Your Own Links using our link building wizard
If you’ve created a Web Site Template, each of those links will show the applicable needs on pages that look like your web site.
Yes, if you need a link that you are not able to customize through your Link Manager (located at Settings on your Dashboard) feel free to contact us for help.
Your Link Manager under Settings on your Dashboard allows you to customize links by:
- Type (Volunteer, Family, Missions)
- Category (of goods or service)
You can also choose to receive the links as text, URLs or preconfigured buttons. You may format the buttons by color and style as well as entering text inside the button (e.g. “Volunteer Now!”)