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Tools for Success

Tool Box501 Commons provides many resources to help volunteers whether they are currently on a project, or if they are preparing to be placed!

Member Resource Center

Visit the Member Resource Center for tools, sample presentations, training materials, and information to help you be effective. You'll find the Guide for Consultants and Coaches, forms, and tips on how to make sure your projects go smoothly. Let Operations Coordinator, Isabel Cunningham, know if you don't see what you need.

Your program manager can also help you identify tools or resources needed for your project. Plus, you can find many resources on the public 501 Commons' website, especially the Tools and Best Practices and the Best of the Web sections. Consultants working on the Springboard program will find the Arts Management Resources List helpful.

Stay Connected

Stay in touch with 501 Commons and with other service corps members!

  • The Leader newsletter is sent to every service corps member every other month with information about new members, volunteer opportunities, and events sponsored by 501 Commons or other organizations. Previous issues can be found on the Service Corps News & Events page. If you are not getting the newsletter, contact Isabel.
  • 501 Connects events, which are informal gatherings for volunteers and a great opportunity to meet the amazing members of the service corps and other volunteers.
  • Join our 501 Commons LinkedIn group to participate in discussions, share news and job postings, and get to know other service corps members.

Trainings and Workshops

We offer periodic free Learn to Serve trainings for service corps members that provide professional development in nonprofit consulting.

These workshops will assist you in your volunteer projects and provide rich opportunities to learn more about nonprofits and expand your professional network.

Many trainings are provided by fellow service corps members! If you would like to help plan 501 Connects or Learn to Serve events, let Isabel Cunningham know.

Support and Reporting During Projects

501 Commons staff will support you when you are assigned to a project to ensure that you can provide top-quality services. All projects are guided by agreements that specify the responsibilities of the service corps member and the client's responsibilities. A 501 Commons program manager is identified for each project or action learning program.

Your program manager is your partner. Please provide them with an update on the project every 2-3 weeks. Call on them whenever you need support or resources!

If you client asks about other 501 Commons services or you believe they need assistance in other areas,  tell your program manager. You can also remind clients that they can choose Services on the 501 Commons website, and it will lead them to information about our 30+ services. If they are interested in learning more, send them the link to our Request for Assistance Form. This form is used for our FREE Information and Referral service as well.