I was asked this morning, if I was capable of setting up a simple meal scheduler for a ladies group. Currently, they are using the site – takethemameal.com, but they would like to be able to use the web-space on the church site that was provided to them. In just a short conversation (I’ll talk with them in more detail at a later time, but in the very near future). Your “Weekly Schedule” plugin seems to be just the thing I’m looking for! 😉 These are ‘more mature’ ladies, so they would like something that is pretty user-friendly. I suggested setting up a WordPress blog (because it’s super easy to use), and assured them that surely there are plugins out there that could be used as a meal scheduler – that I would check today to try and find one for them.
In short description, what takethemameal.com does, is a user signs up and sets up a ‘schedule’ (for any length of time they need or want), and then other people sign up to volunteer to ‘take a meal’ to the schedule’s ‘owner’. It looks like a regular weekly/daily scheduler (similar to yours) – with start/end times, date start/end time, and a section for what meal they are bringing. Then, the volunteers that signed up to take a meal, they get a reminder anywhere from 1 to 7 days (their choice) prior to their commitment, via email (you can also choose how many times to be notified – I think it’s up to 3 times). If I remember correctly, I think you also choose to select (from a drop-down menu) what kind of meal you are taking (breakfast, lunch, dinner). Then there’s a description area (optional) for the volunteer to include any extra instructions, or meal-descriptions, etc.
So my first question is …
If I set a wordpress blog for them, add your plugin, can other people sign up on the blog and set-up a schedule, so other people can sign-up to volunteer to ‘take a meal’ or whatever ‘act of kindness’ they wish to volunteer for? They really would like for the schedule to be used for more than just taking meals – like if an elder needs yard-work done, or their house cleaned, etc … other people can sign up and volunteer for whatever task is needed. I hope I’m making sense? heh I’m trying to explain what I’m asking about without having to write a 10-page novel. lol
Second question is …
If so, is there an option that they can check off, or select, to receive an email reminder?
During the week, I’m going to set up a ‘test’ blog on my server, and play around with your plugin … but thought I’d ask these questions first, just in case I don’t come across a hidden setting, or whatever. heh
I used to design websites, back in the days of ‘simple’ html. As coding changed, I had less time to ‘keep up with the times’. So now, I just handle my own site – which is basically a personal blog (for now). I’m a mom of 5 kids, so I can completely understand hectic times and time constraints. lol
Your assistance will be GREATLY appreciated~!
Thanking You In Advance,
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