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Volunteer Your Tech & Consulting Skills

Trainers, tech planners, & consultants are needed

Hands on computerThe Deep Dive program in King and Walla Walla counties and our 501 Talks Tech trainings in King County  increase the capacity of nonprofits by helping them make greater use of technology to extend their reach, run better programs, and raise more money.

Use Your Tech Skills For Good

501 Commons is looking for volunteers in both King and Walla Walla Counties who have a broad understanding of business technology and technology planning for small companies and organizations. Volunteers with training experience are also needed to lead training sessions in King County.  Volunteers must be comfortable communicating about technology with people with a range of skill levels. Experience with nonprofits is a plus.

Volunteer for the following opportunities:

About  Deep Dive - King County

The Deep Dive Program in King County is a program of 501 Commons sponsored by Microsoft Technology for Good. The next King County Deep Dive cohort will run from March through June 2015.

The program offers technology planning services to cohorts of 10-15 nonprofit organizations in King County. Volunteer consultants will work in teams of two to help an organization assess its current use of technology and develop a plan for using technology to better deliver their mission. In addition, trainings are offered to Deep Dive participants and to other nonprofits throughout the year.

About Deep Dive - Walla Walla

In Walla Walla, the Deep Dive program is sponsored by the Sherwood Trust.  The next cohort is tentatively scheduled for spring 2016. Volunteer opportunities are available for experienced business leaders, consultants, technology managers and others with the planning and facilitation skills described below. In addition, students with planning skills and a broad knowledge of technology may have the opportunity to participate on a consulting team.

Planning Phase 1 Consultant

Put Your tech skills to use and Help a Nonprofit Develop a Technology Plan
Serve as a Pro Bono Planning Consultant in the Deep Dive Cohort Program

Technology is a tool to help nonprofits to increase their impact on the community. Unfortunately, many nonprofits do not have a plan for how to incorporate new technology or use the technology they have fully.

We are seeking volunteers with diverse tech skills and a broad understanding of business technology to support nonprofits through the planning phases of the Deep Dive program. Deep Dive is a  501 Commons’ program designed for organizations with smaller budgets and little to no technology staff. Volunteers are matched to work in pairs with a nonprofit organization. Each pair will follow a highly structured process to facilitate an assessment of an organization's current technology, help identify key issues and opportunities for improvement, and develop a plan for the organization to carry out in the next 12-18 months.

As a Technology Planning Consultant, you will have the opportunity to:

  • Apply your knowledge of nonprofit/business technology in this high-impact volunteer role
  • Learn about planning and consulting processes
  • Increase an organization's understanding of their technology needs
  • Make a difference in the nonprofit community's ability to utilize technology to their advantage

Volunteers will serve approximately 10-12 hours per month for four months. Join us for this high-impact volunteer role.

Interested in volunteering in King County? The next King County Deep Dive cohort program will run from March through June 2015. If you have nonprofit experience in addition to your technology skills, we encourage you to apply to the service corps and indicate your interest in the Deep Dive program. The application deadline is February 15, 2015.

Interested in volunteering in Walla Walla? Please view the full position description and apply here.

For questions or more information, please email

We look forward to hearing from you!

Technology Trainer

Utilize your Tech Training Skills and Lead a Workshop for Nonprofits
Serve as a Pro Bono Technology Trainer

We are seeking volunteer trainers in the King County areas to increase the nonprofit sector’s effective use of technology.  Volunteers will develop and present a 45-90 minute training on a low-cost, and easy to use and sustain tool or solution.

As a Technology Trainer, you will have the opportunity to:

  • Apply your knowledge of a specific technology tool or application.
  • Experience developing and presenting information for a variety of skill levels.
  • Increase nonprofit community members’ understanding of a specific technology tool or application.
  • Help organizations better achieve their mission.

Volunteers are required to develop content and produce visual aids (PowerPoint, handouts, or both) to lead a 45-90 minute training with room for discussion and/or questions and answers. Volunteers will provide a brief bio and communicate the training content and goals.

The 501 Commons staff will be responsible for all event logistics. This includes marketing and communications for the event, locating a venue, providing light refreshments, and print outs. 501 Commons staff will also review the content and presentations that will be used by the trainer, distribute evaluations, and provide additional support as needed. If desired, 501 Commons will provide recognition of the volunteer and their business in social media.

Interested? Please view the full position description and email for more information.