Updated: Oct 22, 2019
The Volunteer Toolkit, often referred to as VTK, has in the past had a few "issues". It isn't perfect, but it does have a TON of resources to make you life as a volunteer SOOOO much easier.
If you used it before, give it another chance.
If you haven't used it yet, you should be pleasantly surprised, and appreciate the help.
Here are a few tips:
Make use of the provided resources. There will be some links shared here (and again in the File Share in Member Resources).
Don't be afraid to try things out. The more you use it, the more comfortable you will be doing so.
If you get stuck, reach out for help. Our community is FULL of amazing volunteers that have great knowledge to share (plus more shared below).
NOTE: The VTK does not work on Internet Explorer (warning given from Citrus provided materials).
Citrus Council VTK Guide: StarAngels.org
Star Angels VTK Guide: StarAngels.org (this is VERY similar to the Citrus Council version with some added tips to help guide you along your journey in creating your troop's yearly plan)
Email (system function issues): email@example.com
Facebook (our community group): https://www.facebook.com/groups/508501636024517/
Community Website: StarAngels.org/files
Volunteer/Leader Meetings: Find the next one >> StarAngels.org/member-events
All Things Girl Scouts Blog: Getting To Know the VTK (this is an older post but with some good tips)
Have a tip for your fellow leaders? Share them on this post!
WAIT, Don't go yet!!!
STAR ANGELS COMMUNITY EXCLUSIVE OPPORTUNITY
If you are a leader in the Star Angels Community you can help out your troop, help out your community AND you get on opportunity to walk out of a Leader/Volunteer meeting with your very own special Star Angels physical Volunteer Toolkit.
So, how do you qualify?
First, you have to actually use VTK to plan out your year for your troop.
Next, you need to Print (as pdf) your yearly plan & email it to firstname.lastname@example.org before December 31, 2019 (Be sure to include your troop number, level and name.)
Then, you will be emailed (to the address you send your download from) confirming your plan was received.
Finally, make sure you attend the January 27, 2020 Leader/Volunteer meeting (be sure to RSVP).
If you have more than one troop, please send a separate email with each troop's plan and troop number/level/your name.
You actually have TWO chances to get your own special VTK!
One troop will be selected from those that submit their Yearly Plan by November 31st, 2019. *Your Deluxe VTK will have a special customized item, just for you! And you can pick it up at the December 9th Leader/Volunteer Meeting.
Another troop will be chosen from all of the remaining submissions for their own VTK, up until December 31st, this time at the January 27th Leader/Volunteer Meeting. *You MUST be present to win, so don't forget to RSVP!
Our community will get credit for all of our troops making use of VTK, by council, if we get at least 75% of our troops to create their Year Plan when they score for the Citrus Super Community Award.
It will also make planning that much easier for you for the rest of the year, so why not?
Can't wait to see those amazing plans and to give away some VTKs!
Please keep your Year Plan in the system (even if you modify it later) so Star Angels gets credit for all of the troop participation in the Community.