How do Opportunities work on Vome?

How do Opportunities work on Vome?

If you are creating an event, read this article: How do I set up my portal to organize event-based volunteering? 

Opportunities are generally used to describe a job, position, activity, task, assignment, etc.

Opportunities and Shifts are two distinct concepts on Vome: An opportunity is generally a job, while the shifts are the instances of that job.

Opportunity = Driver
Shift = Driver on Tuesday MM/DD at 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Imagine you have a Driver opportunity at your organization. It is likely that not every person is eligible to reserve shifts for the Driver opportunity as they may need to provide proof of a drivers license or have access to a vehicle before reserving any shifts.

Therefore, only approved people for the Driver opportunity will be able to view its available shifts and reserve them!

Important things to know when creating new opportunities:

1. You will group your opportunities by category (ex. program, event, location). People can browse categories on your organization's page or when reading the details of an opportunity!
Think of a category as a folder that can house multiple opportunities within it!

2. You will need to select whether the opportunity is On-site or remote. Opportunities that are on-site can make use of the on-site check-in portal (You can read: How does the check-in/out portal work on Vome?). However, you can still log hours for remote opportunities (How do I log hours for remote shifts?).

3. The recruitment process is how you manage recruitment at your organization. You can choose whether you want new volunteers to register directly for your opportunity or submit a general registration formFor more information, you can read How do I organize volunteer recruitment on Vome?

4. The screening checklist is a method for you to manage the screening process of this opportunity. Once a volunteer registers for the opportunity or gets assigned by an administrator, they will be able to view this screening checklist. For more information, you can read How does the Screening Checklist work for my opportunities?
A screening checklist can include a training session, interview, waiver that needs to be uploaded, background check, etc!

5. Building your schedule is one of the more important aspects of an opportunity. When you create shifts (ex: Tuesday 2-5PM, 5 spots available) - it will need to created under a single opportunityFor more information, you can read How does Scheduling work on Vome?
Only volunteers who are approved for this opportunity will be able to view and reserve spots to it's associated shifts. 

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