City Leader Resources
Resources and information for approved Serve the City leaders and core teams.
Serve the City is an international movement mobilizing volunteers to show kindness in practical ways to people in need all over the world. As we continue to expand into new cities, it is imperative that we communicate a clear message to the international community. Serve the City exists in many cities, but it is a single movement united in clear purpose and calling.
The tools we use to promote this unity is a common set of values, processes, and, visual identity and branding. While Serve the City will always celebrate expressions of creativity by local leadership, adherence to these standards is a non-negotiable. Our willingness as a Serve the City community to abide by these guidelines will allow each of us greater partnership with global corporations and non profit organizations. These standards are reviewed by Serve the City International’s leadership on an annual basis.
Please note: PURPLE BUTTONS require logging into your Serve the City Microsoft (Office) 365 account – also known as “The Lobby”. BLUE BUTTONS do not require special accounts.
Do you need an STC email address? Don’t have an STC “Lobby” (Microsoft Office 365) account for your city?
STCi Leader’s Resource Center
Need to know best practices? Perhaps want to find some cool pre-created graphics or templates for social media, email, or your website? Do you remember some cool ideas from your FOCUS online training and want to see it again? Maybe you want to share some great resources with the rest of STC international? Then the Leader’s Resource Center (LRC) is your one stop place for all of this and more. We also post and share news and communication for city leaders and core teams in the LRC.
The newest resources, help files, and project ideas.
The Help-Files: The Truth Is Here Vol02: Iss02 – Core Team Orientation Focus Course By now most everyone connected with Serve the City knows about our Focus Interest Course for potential City Leaders, hosted on servethecity.academy! But you may be surprised to learn that there is another course provided for you to train others who […]
The Help-Files: The Truth Is Here Vol02: Iss01 – Why You Should Ditch Zoom For Teams In a world where Zoom is synonymous with virtual meetings the way Xerox is with making copies, why would anyone use anything else? The decision usually comes down to price, features, ease of use, resistance to change, and price. […]
The Help-Files: The Truth Is Here Vol01: Iss07 – Making a Team Your Own So far in this series, we have been explaining how you can use the standard features in Teams. These features which are part of every team that is created are, as you’ve seen, powerful tools to help your city plan and […]
The Help-Files: The Truth Is Here Vol01: Iss06 – Something Borrowed, Something New Microsoft Teams is an ever-evolving, ever-changing tool for team communication and collaboration. We’ve only touched on the basics of Teams so far in these articles and next month we’ll begin to show you how to be a ‘power user’ and customize Teams […]
The Help-Files: The Truth Is Here Vol01:Iss05 – Sharing Files In and Outside The Tower This edition of The Help Files will explain how to store and share your STC files by using The Tower. It’s the third part of a virtual Tower-tour that guides you through the Tower and helps you to use it […]
The Help-Files: The Truth Is Here Vol01:Iss04 – Talking in the Tower Welcome to the Tower. The options are endless. No idea what the Tower is? Please take a look at the previous article of the Help Files which tells you everything about it. Did you know that the Tower has over 500 users, which are Serve the City heroes from all over the world? In […]
The Help-Files: The Truth Is Here Vol01:Iss03 – What is “The Tower” and Why Should I Move In? Whether you are new to Serve the City or have been around for a while you are probably wondering what The Tower is. Let’s start with a few things The Tower is not: it is not a […]
The Help-Files: The Truth Is Here Vol01:Iss02 – Serving Stories as a tool for your volunteer movement There are two kinds of people in this world: podcast people and the rest. Podcast people listen to all kinds of interesting stories, information, and discussions as they commute to work, go for a run or walk, wash […]
The Help-Files: The Truth Is Here Vol01:Iss01 – What’s Behind The URL Matters Anybody can throw together a website today – all it takes is a computer and an internet connection. Just create a free account on something like Weebly or Wix and start getting creative. You won’t even need a domain name. So, if it’s […]
26 Ways to spread Kindness All over the world meetings are cancelled. Events are cancelled. Trips are cancelled. But a virus, even a pandemic, cannot cancel the most important stuff of life. Kindness is open for business and the shelves are stocked floor to ceiling in abundant supply. Kindness will not be cancelled. Here are […]
Monthly City Checkup Survey
For Serve the City International to serve our city leaders and core teams we have an online survey that we ask each city to fill out each month. This helps us measure and get a pulse on what kinds of resources, coaching, and connections STCi should focus on.
The survey also provides a place for leaders to share stories for inspiring the rest of the STC network, ask for help from your national or network leaders, and keeps our leader contact database up to date. You can take the survey anytime and you will also find it in the monthly Leader’s Newsletter.
All City Calls
We are a world-wide family with many different perspectives, experiences, and ideas. In our diversity we strengthen our movement to volunteer, and to inspire confidence that makes people first. To do this, we meetup twice a month on our All City Call using the Zoom platform. Join us to share and learn, you won’t regret it!
1st Monday Family & Prayer: As a movement that is inspired by Jesus and yet open to all, we value the idea of learning and sharing as family. We also welcome everyone to share important events, stories, and challenges so that our Family & Prayer team can contend for the people in your city to thrive.
3rd Monday Connect & Share: Our core values inspire us to always grow and learn. Our Connect & Share meetups focus on sharing volunteer stories, different volunteer resources, learning from experts, and celebrating the lives touched by crossing the line. We invite you to join us for a time that is sure to help you mature and grow your city’s volunteers.
Serve the City Academy
Here you will find online courses to help you grow as an individual, as a team and as an NGO. There are three educational modules, FOCUS, MasterClass, and VoluME.
Focus: Is our online learning platform, individuals join a cohort of others and work through various courses from starting Serve the City, to project management, and creating resources for your national movement.
MasterClass: Still in development, will be courses offered by subject matter experts are difficult social aspects, tensions to wrestle with, and solutions to various problems.
VoluME: Is an online course to learn all about Serve the City’s volunteer management platform built on Salesforce.com, VoluME is integrated with the STC city websites and makes volunteer management easy, measurable, and easy to report.
Newsletters & Podcasts
We encourage you to subscribe to our newsletters and podcasts! Our newsletters and podcasts contain stories, inspiration, and news from around the world where Serve the City is actively crossing the line. We have two newsletters and one podcast channel for you to enjoy.
Leader’s Newsletter: A monthly newsletter aimed at providing city leaders the tools, resources, and encouragement to empower their volunteers to cross the line. Contains updates on resources and new tools as well as upcoming events.
General Newsletter: A monthly newsletter with stories of serving, reports on volunteer events from around our Serve the City cities, and updates on future events to promote volunteerism and celebrate acts of humility, compassion, respect, courage, love and hope!
Serving Stories Podcast: A monthly (and sometimes more) podcast episode dedicated to interviews, conversations, and insight by volunteers on the ground through the STC network. Very inspirational and will remind you of the goodness that humanity can be!
Logo & Graphics Charter
Here you will find all of the information needed to create your own Serve the City logo and graphics for your city. The graphics charter outlines the guidelines for using, creating, and applying the Serve the City logo, typeface, and graphic elements. Our Global Operations Team can also make your city’s logo in various formats, feel free to use the support request form for any of your graphics needs.
These guidelines exist to keep a unified brand which is easily recognized by international partners, governments, and companies. The international leadership team has adopted this graphics charter to help create a unique and unified look which is simple to apply and recognize. To learn more about the graphics charter and download the logo and graphics elements for your use, please continue reading.
STC Email, Microsoft 365 “Tower”, Microsoft Teams “Lobby”, STC Websites, and VoluME
As an approved Serve the City chapter you have FREE access to a variety of technology solutions. These include:
- Microsoft 365, previously known as “Office 365” and includes all the Microsoft Office applications, like:
- Email and Calendar/Outlook
- Excel, and more
- Microsoft Teams (Team collaboration, video and audio conferencing, and more)
- STC turnkey websites, and our volunteer management platform powered by Salesforce.com, VoluME. Our team is ready to serve you, each of these solutions is available for your entire team.
To gain access to any of these resources your city must first become part of the STCi Microsoft 365 “STCi Tower”, you can request accounts for your city in the form below.
Microsoft Teams “STCi Lobby”: Microsoft Teams is our primary tool for communicating, distributing, and collaborating across the Serve the City international network. Teams is a multi-functional platform for sharing and working on documents of all types, creating forms, managing projects, and has built-in video and audio conference capabilities that work on all devices. The STCi Lobby is your one stop place to find all our internal resources to help make your city and volunteers thrive, most importantly it is where you can talk and share with other city leaders and the STCi leadership team.
Microsoft 365 “STCi Tower”: Microsoft 365 not only provides you with one of the world’s most used office suite of applications, it also gives you access to the STCi Leader’s Resource Center, templates, files, and allows you to collaborate with other cities. Each city receives their own space (or floor in the “tower”) to use as they wish and with easy to manage user management you will find your productivity, security, and collaboration increase. This includes Microsoft Outlook Email, Calendar, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.
Websites: We fully encourage your city to launch your website as soon as you have your first volunteer event planned. We have a turnkey solution that is branded and has pre-created content ready to publish. Simple forms for volunteers to signup for your projects and easy administration for you. Your website will be secure, and have donation and GDPR ready capabilities from the start.
VoluME: As your city matures and you have more and more projects, volunteer management becomes very important. Track hours, partnerships, contact information, and keep it secure and GDPR compliant. As soon as your chapter of STC is registered with your national authorities as an NGO you can register with Salesforce.org, the nonprofit arm of Salesforce.com, the leading cloud based database management platform for contacts, workflows, and much more.
Click here to request an STC Email and Microsoft 365 Account
Your STCi tools
Microsoft Teams – Collaboration, chat, video, audio, and more. Plus access the shared STCi Lobby to communicate with other STC cities and the international leadership team.
Microsoft 365 – Office applications and files, such as Word, PowerPoint, Outlook (email), Excel, and much more. Your city’s private space in the STCi Tower and shared resources across the STCi network.