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.
During this time, it is important that we keep ourselves well informed about the events occurring within Ukraine. This requires a dual responsibility of seeking true information and staying away from misinformation. Two sources that we recommend to help you stay informed are: 1. The BBC has been conducting live reporting on the situation, which […]
With the importance that we place in sharing the stories of others, we would be remiss if we did not do the same during this period. If you would like to share your story or experience over the past week, please do reach out to us at email@example.com Ukraine: Our contacts in Ukraine include a family […]
Dear friends, We are all in shock, and we are afraid. We are united in our concern as lives are threatened, and new pages of history are being written before our eyes. We feel compelled to act, and to provide meaningful opportunities for others to engage. We are a values-in-action volunteering community, in cities all […]
The Help-Files: The Truth Is Here Vol03: Iss01 – Looking Ahead to 2022 2021 is now in the rear-view mirror and our sights are now looking to 2022 and what it has to offer. For Serve the City’s Digital Infrastructure that means updates, upgrades and new resources, some visible and some not. And at least […]
The Help-Files: The Truth Is Here Vol02: Iss07 – Remember These Resources? During one of the workshops at the recent Serve the City International Forum it became apparent that everyone knows about all the resources that are available for cities, city leaders, and their core teams. You can find details on resources like the STC website template and The Tower in […]
On the 29th of October, Kim and Andy Baligian of Serve the City Detroit were in for a big surprise! During what they thought was an introductory call with representatives from the National Football League (NFL) to talk about Serve the City Detroit, they were shocked to find that they had been selected by the […]
The Help-Files: The Truth Is Here Vol02: Iss06 – Autumn Is Here, Time For Some Soup – TechSoup That Is Serve the City.your-city needs a few laptops, a printer, and some software licenses. You do a little searching on Amazon and Google and soon you realize that you won’t have any money for next month’s service projects if you buy the […]
The Help-Files: The Truth Is Here Vol02: Iss05 – Let’s Do The Numbers Last month we talked about the importance of stories to engage our volunteers and donors and keep them coming back to serve and to give. But if you walked away from that article thinking the numbers didn’t matter then you must not […]
The Help-Files: The Truth Is Here Vol02: Iss04 – Once Upon A Time Stories – everyone loves a good one. Sad or uplifting, full of hardships or hopeful, a good story captures our hearts and imaginations. We are defined by the stories we experience and inspired often by the stories we hear. So, while Serve the City […]
The Help-Files: The Truth Is Here Vol02: Iss03 – Graphic Design Made Easy Whether it creating a flyer for an event or making an eye-catching graphic for a social media post, sometimes you want a little more than the paint program that came pre-installed on your computer or phone. You want something with the power […]
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.