If you are a part of the Meals on Wheels organization, then you deserve high recognition for all of your hard work and dedication to helping the unfortunate. If you are one the committed who has taken on the responsibility of overseeing your local Meals on Wheels location, you have your work cut out for you. From organizing the drives to get the food needed, to getting it to those seniors who need it, every step in the operation depends on your vigilance to keep it running.
As part of being a nonprofit organization, you are dependent on the donations of others to keep running. Fundraising does not only involve asking for money in your case, it could also include food donations and cooking services. To effectively raise the funds and food needed, you should be making your community aware of the importance of your organization. Get testimonials from your recipients and put together a brochure that shows your operations from start to finish. This can be left behind at local businesses whose help you need.[click to continue...]
The very definition of emergency implies that it will come up at the most inopportune time and when you least expect it. When you have the DialMyCalls mobile app already loaded on your iPhone or Android it won't make a difference where you are when impending disaster looms, you will still be able to broadcast your emergency message to everyone in your contact list.
Voice and text message broadcasting is a great tool to have when you need to quickly get in touch with multiple people right away. Communities, schools and businesses are all using DialMyCalls to alert their members and staff about imminent emergency situations and how to react to it. Now with it available as a free mobile app, your DialMyCalls account can be accessed quickly no matter where you are when you first get the news.[click to continue...]
Any organization that has more than two members needs a way to relay information effectively. Emergencies and last minute cancellations will at some point affect any organization's plans or activities. In order to get that message across to all members, many of these groups are still relying on the outdated method of printing and filling out a phone tree template.
How to Use Phone Tree Templates
A calling tree works like a pyramid and we have included several phone tree templates as examples. The top person will be the one leading the group and therefore the most likely to receive emergent information. He or she will then call three or four people and relay the news. They in turn will call three or four people and the routine continues like this until everyone is informed. While it may sound good in theory, there are too many variables to make it a truly effective way of communication.
Start from the top. If the first caller is only able to reach three of his four contacts, what happens next? It is not only one person who will miss out on the information but all that are supposed to follow him. This would mean that one quarter of the members who should be informed are now being completely left out of the loop. Of course, ideally there would be a back-up plan in place, but right from the first round of calls we are already seeing flaws in the system.
That break in the chain could occur at any point. People are not always going to be available to answer their phone. Or maybe they have changed their phone number and forgot to update the phone tree. Whatever the case may be, one broken link is enough to make the entire system unreliable.
Printable + Downloadable Phone Tree Templates
While manual phone trees may not be the most efficient form of communication (see below), we know that a lot of people still rely on them. DialMyCalls has created free phone tree templates for everyone to use as a form of communication. Whether you are a small sports league or a church with several people helping out with weekly services, you will find the top three phone tree templates below that will cater to your needs.
Basic Phone Tree Template (Up to 27 people)
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Kids can be unreliable when it comes to telling mom and dad important news. This can be frustrating when you are trying to run a summer camp with hundreds of excited kids under your care. Instead of useless notes, try using a voice broadcasting service that will get your message out to every parent at the same time.
How It Works:
It is safe to assume that when each child signed on for summer camp, emergency contact information was given. With that is at least one cell phone number for a parent. Using that information, you create a contact list. Whenever you need to get a message out, simply record it and send it out to that contact list. Each parent will get either a phone call or text message letting them know your important news.[click to continue...]
DialMyCalls.com is proud to announce a couple of new rates for our monthly calling/texting plans.
Are you a small church or sports league that needs to contact a list of contacts on a weekly basis? DialMyCalls offers monthly plans* that allow members to contact the same list of numbers throughout the month for a flat rate.
DialMyCalls has good news surrounding our monthly calling/texting plans which is that we have just lowered the prices on our two introductory plans - the 25# and 50# plan are now even more cost effective than before!
Small religious groups, non-profits or sports leagues can now sign up for a 25# number plan for $7.49/month or a 50# plan for only $14.99/month. What exactly do you get with one of our monthly plans? Below you will find exactly what is included when signing up for one of DialMyCalls' monthly plans:[click to continue...]
DialMyCalls helps Summer camp counselors keep in touch with the parents of the children attending via an automated alert system.
Summer is just around the corner and all across America parents are making last minute preparations for their kids' summer camps. Counselors and staff are also eagerly awaiting to entertain all of the children who have signed up for camp which in the United States is over 10 million per year - that is a lot of kids![click to continue...]
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