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Current Volunteer Opportunities

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Current Volunteer Opportunities

There are opportunities to volunteer with nonprofits throughout the year, but we have several coming up this Spring. Check out the volunteer opportunities below or ping Gillian Cook at gillian@501commons.org, if you want to let us know what projects most interest you.

Fund Development
Fundraising is essential to the success of nonprofits. Many nonprofits lack the capacity, resources, and knowledge to raise the funds they need to help them achieve their missions and sustain themselves financially. You can help by contributing your fundraising skills and experience to help boost the capacity of local nonprofits while also enhancing your own consulting skills. While the requirements of each project vary, consultants typically work in pairs and each serve approximately 10-12 hours per month over the course of 3-6 months. For more information about this opportunity and how to apply, please contact Gillian Cook at gillian@501commons.org.

Coaching
Are you a professional coach who is looking for ways to engage in the community? We are in high demand for volunteers with coaching certifications to provide leadership, executive, business, or performance coaching to the senior level leaders including Executives, Directors, Board members, and teams.Our typical coaching engagement is 15 hours over 6 months where some sessions happen in person and others over phone or video conferencing. For more information about this opportunity and how to apply, please contact Gillian Cook at gillian@501commons.org.

General Consulting
Contribute your professional skills in finance, human resources, business, and other disciplines as a volunteer consultant with nonprofits across Washington State. We are in high demand for volunteers with strategic planning, board development, or marketing skills this season. Our Service Corps is an on-call “pool” of professionals whom we contact when a specific project calls for their skill set. You decide if the project and timing are of interest to you. If it’s not the right time, we place you back in the pool to await the next opportunity. If you do accept, you’ll most often work with at least one other Service Corps member, plus representatives of the nonprofit you’re working with. Project length varies, but consultants should plan to work 6-12 hours a month for an average duration of 2 to 4 months. For more information, please contact Yalonda Allen-Sinde at yalonda@501commons.org.

Emergency Planning
We’re working on a project to provide emergency planning services to residents in multi-unit low income and senior housing communities and need consultants to support this work. If you have emergency planning skills or experience as a first-responder, this is a great opportunity to help vulnerable communities prepare for an emergency. For details about these projects please contact yalonda@501commons.org to learn more.

Plan IT!
We are seeking volunteers with diverse tech skills and a broad understanding of business technology to serve as planning consultants in the Plan IT program. This 501 Commons cohort program is designed for organizations with low budgets and little to no technology staff. Volunteers will work in pairs with a nonprofit organization and follow a highly structured process to facilitate an assessment of their organization’s current technology systems, help identify key issues and opportunities for improvement. Volunteers will serve a minimum 10-12 hours per month from mid-September to early January. Please contact Crystal Cheairs at crystal@501commons.org to learn more.
Catalyst
We are seeking volunteer consultants to participate in our Catalyst for Fundraising Success cohort learning program. Catalyst helps nonprofits maximize internal systems that support fundraising success by aligning board and staff around fundraising goals. Each consultant will be assigned to a local nonprofit organization to help it assess current challenges, identify key limitations, create a development plan and produce a compelling case statement for increased fundraising success. Volunteer consultants can expect to spend about 10-12 hours a month, primarily from July 2017- January 2018 with an average of two in-person meetings per month with your organization. Additionally, we provide two consultant round tables during the program to support consultants, provide assessment, and facilitate peer to peer learning and networking opportunities. To learn more please contact Catherine Nueva España, catherine@501commons.org.
Be a nonprofit organization’s VIP!
Volunteers are vital to helping nonprofits complete their missions. However, many do not have the capacity to effectively engage them. Help improve an organizations’ ability to recruit, engage and retain high value volunteers while broadening your own expertise and personal connections. Examples of projects include: developing recruitment or marketing plans, staff training plans, processes for identifying and articulating volunteer positions, systems for collecting feedback and much more. Volunteers can expect to spend between 15 and 30 hours per project for a 3-4 month project. If you are enthusiastic about volunteerism and have skills in human resources, volunteer management, curriculum development, marketing, evaluation, planning and/or facilitation – this is a great opportunity for you! For more information, contact Jan Burrell, jan@501commons.org.

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There are also some great ongoing internal volunteer opportunities:

  • Researcher and writer for 501 Commons website

Be a Story Sherpa

Help nonprofits tell their stories

Many people with backgrounds in nonprofits or areas of business like sales, marketing, and finance can be very helpful to a nonprofit who wants to be able to tell a great story. Most nonprofits know that they can better engage volunteers, community stakeholders, and donor is they are able to tell a compelling story about the impact of their work. 

You will interview the organization to find evaluation data, client statistics, anecdotes and other information that you can get turn into a story of community impact. The goal will be to write something using about 100 words. These stories can be illustrated with photos and put on websites or in program materials or can be used in grant applications or meetings with elected officials. Contact yalonda@501commons.org to be a Story Sherpa.

Three types of impact

Communications expert Amy Southerland talks about three ways to describe the impact an organization is having.

1. How does the organization's work result in cost savings to society – This works well if an organization is preventing a problem like accident prevention or addressing a problem at a time when the costs are lower such as providing primary care to avoid emergency care costs.

2.How does the organization multiply the impact of others' efforts by getting parents engaged in their kids school work or by using volunteers to get more people signed up for government programs.

3. How does the organization strengthen our community by getting young people engaged in voting or by developing local parks, neighborhood block watch programs or community gardens.


Catalyst

Help Nonprofits Achieve Fundraising Success!

Catalyst for Fundraising Success

501 Commons is seeking volunteer consultants to participate in its Catalyst for Fundraising Success cohort learning program. Catalyst helps nonprofits maximize internal systems that support fundraising success by aligning board and staff around fundraising goals.  Each consultant will be assigned to a local nonprofit organization to help it assess current challenges, identify key limitations, create a development plan and produce a compelling case statement for increased fundraising success. Visit our website for more program details.

Time Commitment

Catalyst runs from July 2017 – January 2018. The time commitment is 10-12 hours per month (or 2-3 hours per week) with an average of two in-person meetings per month with your organization.  Additionally, we provide two consultant round tables during the program to support consultants, provide assessment, and facilitate peer to peer learning and networking opportunities.

Volunteer with an Impact

We seek skilled consultants willing to volunteer their fund planning, facilitation and/or fundraising expertise to a nonprofit based in King County. This is a great opportunity for development consultants to work together in an active learning program that has great impact on individual organizations as well as the entire nonprofit sector.

Be a Catalyst for Change!

Please contact Program Manager Catherine Nueva España at catherine@501commons.org for more information.

All volunteers are covered under 501 Commons' Professional Liability coverage.

Generation to Generation

Do you want to serve local youth?
Generation to Generation mobilizes adults ages 50+ to support community-based organizations that serve youth. These nonprofits can apply to be matched with a Gen2Gen volunteer who can bring the skills, experience, and enthusiasm needed for a wide variety of roles, ranging from mentoring to capacity building to staff support.

Generation to Generation mobilizes adults ages 50+ to support community-based organizations serving youth through programs addressing education equity.

The rewards of this intergenerational movement go both ways: age 50+ people inspire and educate younger people and younger people inspire and educate people age 50+.

Nonprofit organizations serving kids, young adults, and underserved communities apply to join the Gen2Gen movement and are committed to engaging adults 50+ as they bring the skills, experience, and enthusiasm needed for a wide variety of roles, ranging from mentoring to capacity building to staff support.

Gen2Gen is a nationwide campaign powered by Encore.org, the originating organization for Encore Fellows and fellowships. As the host of the local Puget Sound-area chapter, 501 Commons will work with older adults with a passion for helping young people and fostering positive intergenerational relationships and connect them with an organization that is interested in their services.

The types of roles volunteers can fill will vary according to the needs of the organization and the skills/interests of the Gen2Gen participant. Some ideas include, but are not limited to:

  • Assisting high school students in applying for college, seeking financial aid, and developing studious work habits
  • Helping under-served students learn reading skills, finish homework and study for tests
  • Showing students ways to get involved in the community
  • Building long-term relationships with students to empower them to finish school and become successful adults
  • Supporting program staff
  • Participating in capacity building projects (could include Service Corps, Encore Fellows)
  • Board membership and leadership
Host organizations will benefit from an addition of human talent in an environment where resources are often scarce. Young people who too often lack caring adults in their lives can receive the support necessary to address challenging circumstances that hold them back.

Adults 50+ who are retired, considering retirement, or can share their and talents find reinvigoration through the benefits of an intergenerational relationship, and with a sense of purpose by lending their hearts and minds to some of our community’s most vulnerable.

Contact Jim McGinley to learn how to get involved in Generation to Generation-Seattle.