HOC 220.127.116.11 (December 22) and 18.104.22.168 (December 30) Release Notes
Improvements continue to be made to HandsOn Connect 3.0 to make it faster, more efficient, and to improve ease of use in the sharing portal (for partners and volunteer leaders). These last two releases included over 80 'under the hood' improvements, and improvements to page layouts and user interfaces.
Here's a few of the more visible changes and new features released during the latter half of December.
New in the partner portal is the ability to view additional information about contacts. There are two places where you can access contact information:
1. In the connections grid for each volunteer opportunity the name of a contact is now a hyperlink
This will take you to a contact detail page. Here you'll be able to see basic contact information as well as a list of all connections that volunteer did with your organization.
2. Contacts Menu
The new Contacts menu allows you to view your organizations contacts, and search for them by name. You can view basic contact info in the list view, or click on "view" to go to the contact detail page.
3. You can also access contact detail by clicking on the hyperlink of the Volunteer Attendance page
Up to now its been possible to customize the volunteer registration page and define which fields are visible and which are required during volunteer registration. Those settings became the same settings that appeared on the "Personal Information" page (where a volunteer can update their information).
In this release, a new form settings panel is available for the Personal Information page, so you can make additional fields visible and/or required, on the personal information page itself.
In this release, a new form settings panel is available for the Organization Registration page, so you make additiional fields visible and/or required, on the organization registration page itself.
Editing the Personal Information Page layout
To get there go to the CMS and select Blocks / Form Setting / Peronal Information Form Settings
You'll then be able to specify which fields you wish to have visible and/or required on this page. (This is handy if you want to keep the registration form short and simple, but give the opportunity for volunteers to addd additional information later).
Click on the edit box on the Personal information Page:
Set visibility and required as desired. Then click Save Settings.
Editing the Organization Registration Layout
To get there go to the CMS and select Blocks / Form Setting / Organization Setting
Click on the edit box on the Organization Sign Up Page:
You can then set what additional fields you want to make visible and/or required.
Note: Some fields, which are required in order to register an organization, are not available to be removed or made not required. These include:
- Organization Name
- Mission Statement
- Primary Population Served
- Primary Impact Area
- The information for the Primary Contact
The two communications preferences on the Volunteer Registration form previously had the options:
- Receive from HandsOn Connect Demo
- Reeive from HandsOn Network
The first option has been corrected and will now read "Receive from [Your organization's name]
On the volunteer registration form, it was possible to enter an email address, and then put a different email address in the field "confirm email address". Now the same email address must be put in both fields which ensures that the user is properly spelling and entering their email address.
The calendar search filters did not offer as many distance ranges as the regular search page. Now in both searches you can filter opportunities by distance within 5, 10, 20, 30 or 50 miles.
Unless your organization specifically requested to disable teams, teams are now 'on' and available on the public site for all HOC 3.0 customers. Volunteers can now sign-up for Date and Time Specific Opportunities with a team, and either create a team, or sign-up with an existing team.
If you do not wish to use teams at all on your site, open a zendesk ticket and we can turn off team functionality for your organization.
- Team sign-ups are not available for "individually Scheduled Opportunities", as each volunteer is scheduled separately.
- it's possible at the individual occurrence level to turn off teams for an occurrence if desired. To do so, you must enable the advanced occurrence options. If you wish to have the ability to selectively turn off teams, here's the instructions for enabling 'turn off teams' for occurrences: https://support.handsonconnect.org/hc/en-us/articles/212864086-Enabling-Advanced-Occurrence-Options
We've made some visual improvements to the mobile site, including removing instances where text was overlapped and difficult to read.