Many people would rather serve in teams than individually so we allow volunteers to sign up as groups. Group leaders have a number of options for forming their groups:
- Enter in the names and email addresses of each individual
- Invite each individual to sign up themselves as part of the group
- Register the entire group under their name
Group leaders are asked to indicate whether they are signing up a Family, Church, School, or Company group. The system automatically remembers each leader’s prior groups so that the next time they sign up to meet a need consisting of more than one person, they will be asked whether they are bringing one of their previous groups. They can then edit the group members.
Teams are set up by an administrator on the Team section of the Dashboard. Team leaders are asked to “join” that team and the administrator designates that individual as the team’s Key Contact. The next time the team leader logs in to MTN on the organization’s web site, they will see that they now have access to the team’s Dashboard to post needs, see who’s meeting each need, etc.
Leaders of departments/divisions within charities (e.g. thrift store, warehouse) and churches (e.g. Bible Studies, Sunday School, Women’s, Men’s, Ushers, Greeters) can be empowered with the ability to manage the needs of their group. Doing so takes work off the organization’s staff. Therefore, MTN allows teams to be set up under an organization’s account (administrators can see all giving activities and needs posted by those teams). Individuals may join those teams so that they will receive automated notifications when that team posts new needs. The “Click Here” link in those e-mails takes team members to the church’s or charity’s web site to view and sign up to meet those needs. Many organizations also put buttons on their site to highlight each team’s needs (via a link provided by MTN). The team leaders can see details about all commitments made for their needs, communicate directly with those individuals with updates, run reports, etc.