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I've just installed CiviCRM 4.6 on a HostGator hosted Wordpress site and, I should first point out that the not-for-profit I help and I have been looking for a year for a CRM/BI solution and have come up with nothing. So, finding CiviCRM is a treat. Especially considering how small we are.

But, our greatest asset is our volunteers, both court appointed for community service, as well as kindness of one's heart (food pantry, etc.). I cannot for the life of me figure out where to start with recording a volunteer's time.

Our charity (tituscountycares.org) has about 9 different programs- all of them helping the needy. Some of the recipients may also volunteer. And some volunteers (and donors) may work on 4 or 5 different programs.

Where is the best place to start with a time sheet?

I started trying to install CiviCRM on a Godaddy account, figured out the MySQL trigger restriction, then figured out MyPHP Admin on HostGator, so I can figure this out. If you recommend a professional, please make sure they're free.

Kind Regards- Scott

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Welcome to the Civi community!

The place you will want to start with volunteer management (including time tracking) is CiviVolunteer, an CiviCRM extension you install to integrate with Civi (here are extension installation instructions). The extension was created by the folks at Ginkgo Street Labs.

They just released the 2.0 version of the extension last month. Here are a couple of blog posts about it. The first has a quick screencast:

They also have a couple of videos from earlier in 2015 that will give you more of an overview of how the extension works --

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    Thank you so much. Not sure why I didn't get the notification of your response, but I see it now and will give it a try tonight and respond back with how it works. – S. Wilhite Jan 7 '16 at 21:00
  • Sounds good! Do know that volunteer management with the extension centers around 'events,' so you may have to expand how you guys work with/think about Events to incorporate the time tracking piece. – Allen Hutchison Jan 7 '16 at 21:06
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    Got it. I was able to add the CiviVolunteer extension successfully, although I'm still clunking my way through finding the timesheet/hours entry. I'm not asking for help on that yet. I don't want to overstay my welcome on the tedious things. – S. Wilhite Jan 9 '16 at 16:31
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    Glad you got it working. If you have a specific question on the entry process, feel free to ask a different question here on SE. If the above answer works for you, please accept it (the checkmark outline below the question up/down marker). – Allen Hutchison Jan 9 '16 at 17:53

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