Interest Categories have two main purposes in your CERVIS console. First, they act as a folder system for your volunteer opportunities, and second, they allow you to search for volunteers based on what they are interested in or have previously participated in. Organizing your opportunities by Interest Category will allow you to run reports for certain sets of events/projects and will allow your volunteers to search through your opportunities based on their interests.
Every opportunity that you create in CERVIS must be associated with one Interest Category and can be associated with two for further searching and reporting capabilities. You should primarily create your list of Interest Categories based on how you want to categorize your opportunities. Secondarily, you have the option to include them on the volunteer application so that volunteers can select their interests when they are creating their profile. Keep in mind that you may want to track different categories depending on how you plan to utilize them.
For instructions on how to create your list of Interest Categories, see the article linked HERE.
Below is an example that shows commonly used Interest Categories:
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