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How to Customize Your Care Calendar
How to Customize Your Care Calendar

When you need specific days, needs, and instructions for support

Laura Malcolm avatar
Written by Laura Malcolm
Updated over a week ago

How to get the most out of your Give InKind Care Calendar

When you need support on very specific days, or if you want your Supporters to know things like how to arrange delivery, you can use your Care Calendar to make it all clear. Using the customization features allows you to provide the little details that are important to the Recipient. Here is how to make the Care Calendar work for you:

Begin by clicking the ADD REQUEST (or "+" if on mobile) button, and follow the prompts to indicate to Supporters exactly what you need.

  1. Select the type of help being requested in the first window. If no help is needed and you just want to call attention to a specific date, use the new Announcement feature.

  2. Depending on the type of help you select, the new, intuitive Care Calendar will offer the appropriate support types for you to request in the next window. Select the type(s) of care you would like Supporters to be able to provide.

  3. Based on the request type you will be asked for any information necessary for facilitating that support: number of people receiving meals, number of pets and type of activity requested, etc.

  4. The next step is assigning a date or series of dates for this request. Should it occur only once, should it repeat daily, every other day, weekly, monthly, or at a customized interval? Indicate here how often to repeat, and designate an end date.

  5. Provide an optional description to elaborate on your request: Favorite restaurants for meal delivery, dietary needs or restrictions, special instructions, etc.

  6. On Meal requests there is a designated area for you to elaborate on delivery instructions which will be provided to the Supporter when they sign up for the request.

  7. If you have enabled Supporters to send gift cards through the Care Calendar you can edit which four cards appear in each request. Click and Drag to re-order your gift card options in by importance, and feel free to remove the pre-loaded selections and add your own.

  8. Click SAVE to enter just that item, or SAVE & ADD MORE to add more items

After you click SAVE, the Care Calendar will display your new request(s).

If you need to make any changes to an item on your calendar, click on the item to begin your edits. To edit your repeating request, you will be asked if you're making changes to the single instance you clicked on, or the entire series of requests.

Complete the changes you need to make and click SAVE.

 When a Supporter signs up to fulfill a Care Calendar request, they can follow the instructions provided for communicating with you and arranging to bring or send what the Recipient needs. 

The Care Calendar is one of the most powerful tools Give InKind offers. By using all of its features, you can easily request and coordinate help, and build a strong circle of support.

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