Duration Types and When to Use Them

Created by Brittany Crow, Modified on Tue, 15 Aug 2023 at 09:49 AM by Brittany Crow

When you create incredible opportunities to share with your community of volunteers, you're able to establish the duration type for those opportunities. There are five duration types to choose from. In this article, we'll cover those five duration types and when to use them! 


Duration types and when to use them

The five duration types include: 

  • Flexible: This duration type is great for Opportunities that volunteers complete on their own timeline! 
    • Do you want to reach a goal by the end of the year? Then this is the duration type for you! 
    • Use this duration type if you have a goal to reach by a certain time or an opportunity that is open for an extended period that doesn't require special shifts. 
    • Example: We're collecting bereavement bears until December 31, 2022! 
  • Happens On: This duration type is best for opportunities that are scheduled for a specific date, or the day it "happens on".  
    • Use this one for special opportunities that happen on a specific date. 
    • These opportunities are usually one-time events that don't require special shifts. 
    • Example: We need 50 volunteers to help clean up the gardens around Chapel Hill on Saturday, October 8, 2022! 
  • Multi-date: This duration type is best for opportunities that happen on multiple dates. 
    • Use this duration type if you have an opportunity happening over several days. 
    • This is great for opportunities close to the holidays or when you have an opportunity that isn't a recurring event but occurs on more than one day. 
    • Example: Our annual Spooky-Bash starts October 29th and lasts through Halloween! We need volunteers to help collect tickets, set up and breakdown, and more! 
  • Custom Shifts: This duration type is great for opportunities with scheduled shifts—especially if those shifts are at different times on the same day or different days. 
    • Use this duration type when you have an opportunity that requires special shifts that aren't recurring. 
    • Example: Are you ready to help the Farm? We need farmstand volunteers to hand out food on Friday, October 7th from 8 am - 5 pm. 
  • Recurring Shifts: This duration type is best for opportunities with scheduled shifts that are recurring—daily, weekly, or monthly. 
    • Use this duration type when you have an opportunity that requires special shifts that are recurring. 
    • Example: Our clinic is growing! We need volunteers every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 10 am - 2 pm to help distribute clean linens! 
Duration TypeDescriptionExamples
FlexibleSelect this duration type if you want to indicate a date the opportunity expires on.Let's reach our home-build goal by December 31, 2022!
Happens OnThis duration type is great if you have an opportunity scheduled on a specific date.We need 20 volunteers to stuff back-to-school backpacks on August 1, 2023!
Multi-dateIf your opportunities run on multiple consecutive days, then this is the duration type to useOur Secret Santa Workshop needs some helpers on December 15th, 16th, and 17th!
Custom ShiftsDo you want to set up opportunities with shifts that occur on the same day or on different days at different times? This is the duration type for that!Tutors needed for 2.5-hour shifts at Hopeful Heart Elementary School's Writing Lab on Tuesday, March 5th from 8 am - 3 pm.
Recurring ShiftsThis duration type is great if you have opportunities with shifts that occur at the same time daily, weekly, or monthly.Happy Paws and Claws needs Dog Walkers on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 8 am - 12 pm.