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January 15, 2009

Thin Mints get a tech makeover

Girl Scout Troops embrace VolunteerSpot to power cookie sales

AUSTIN — As a hungry public awaits the start of Thin Mint season, Girl Scouts are unleashing a new sales tool to supplement gap-toothed smiles — VolunteerSpot.com — a new web-based signup service simplifying volunteer coordination. Before the cases of cookies arrive from the bakery and are off-loaded into a convoy of minivans, troop cookie coordinators have been busy scheduling thousands of Girl Scouts to staff cookie booths in front of local merchants. Throughout the 6-week sales season, VolunteerSpot’s real-time web-based tool will smooth coordination by allowing parents to see which troop booth spots are open in real-time so their scouts can have the opportunity to sign up and sell more cookies.

A key feature that sold Girl Scouts of Central Texas on the new tool was the incredible ease of use. “When we sat down and used it for the first time, it took just five minutes to point and click out a pretty complicated schedule — this is going to make our volunteers’ lives so much easier this cookie season,” said Faith Brown, member services officer at Girl Scouts of Central Texas.

“It was so easy,” said Lynn Harrison, mother of a fourth grade Girl Scout. “I got an e-mail from our troop leader, clicked to sign up for cookie booths that fit our schedule, and got a confirmation email right away. Last year it took a lot of back-and-forth emails to do what I did in a few clicks with VolunteerSpot.”

VolunteerSpot offers free, point and click simple scheduling and coordination software to community groups and non-profits everywhere. Troop leaders and cookie coordinators are invited to try out VolunteerSpot’s new tool and start saving time and making cookie season easier! www.VolunteerSpot.com/girlscouts/

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