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Ongoing 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 Isaac Wagnitz at isaac@501commons.org, if you want to let us know what projects most interest you.

Advocacy
Do you have experience working on public policy issues as a community member or as a government, business, or nonprofit employee?  Are you a community organizer, current or former elected official, or a lobbyist who knows how to influence public policy decisions? Expand the abilities of nonprofit staff and board members to advocate for changes in public policy and public opinion that make a difference for people and communities they serve.

Diversity and Inclusion
Diversity and inclusion training is more important than ever, especially for nonprofits who serve countless different populations. However, many nonprofits lack the capacity, resources, and knowledge to appropriately talk about diversity and inclusiveness issues with their staffs and communities. 501 Commons is seeking volunteers with skills and experience with diversity training, inclusive workspace culture, training on implicit bias and anti-racism.

Catalyst
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.

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.

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.

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.

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.