What is the Community Jar?
We’ve all been to the gas station and come up 2 cents short of being able to pay to the exact penny. Standing at the counter you look down and see this little plastic cup of change that says, “Give a penny, take a penny.” Arn’t you grateful you can grab 2 pennies so that you don’t end up getting $.98 in change back! It’s just a small way we can be neighbors to each other.
That is the foundation behind the Community Jar, but instead of pennies we are all about serving and meeting needs!
Have a Need, Help A Need: Sometimes we have time or talents to give and other times we need a bit of help but don’t know who to ask, the Community Jar is there to bridge that communication gap.
Arn’t there other services that do this already?
There are other services out there but none that meant our needs in a simple straight forward way. We wanted a system that would allow anyone to create projects or volunteer without the need to sign up for another website or service. So we did it! There is no login, no password, and anyone with a email address or phone number can us it, it’s that simple.
Public but Private
In a quest to make things simple you sometimes have to sacrifice privacy and security. I have worked hard to make sure this isn’t the case.
- All projects and volunteers are moderated by site admins
- Communication happens via email, making it easy for anyone to use
- Information like email and phone numbers are only shared with the people who need to know it.
- Project owners can remain anonymous, only the volunteers will know who they are helping.
- You can edit your project at anytime using a private link that is only shared with the project owner.
Customize it to your needs
Just like WordPress you can customize the Community Jar to fit your needs and you can even change the name if you want to! Plus we have a really easy to use email template system that allows you to change what information is sent out in every email.
See it in Action
This was originally built for my home church Watermark, and we have been using it since June, so far we have had:
- 13 projects submitted
- 10 project completed
- 24 people sign up to help
That might not seem like much but we are a church of 400ish heading into the summer months(where everyone leaves) so I think its pretty amazing!
Soon I will launch the Community Jar site with documentation, tutorials at ChurchPlug.in. This new site will not only hold the Community Jar, but my next plugin and blog about WordPress Plugins, Themes and development for the church!