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Volunteer Profile - Bill Sones

Current CCT Role: Project Manager                                                                                                                                                                                   Volunteer Since: I first worked with CCT in 2003.  Work and life events have led to a couple of brief hiatus periods but it’s been 15 years since I first worked with CCT.
                                                                                                                          Projects and Roles for each: Recent projects include Children’s Healthwatch and Minuteman Senior Services as PMs.  Others include Conservation Law Foundation and the Women’s Crisis Center as a team member, and I have also worked on the Volunteer Committee.

MBA: Yale 

How you discovered CCT:  There was outreach to local Yale alumni and it sounded like a great organization.

Describe your CCT experience:  I have found CCT to be a tremendously rewarding experience on so many levels.  First and foremost, it’s always so rewarding to have an opportunity to help so many organizations that are dedicated to great causes.  But it’s also always great to meet like-minded professionals in the area that are also drawn to helping these non-profits.  I’ve met so many people with varied backgrounds that I would not have had a chance to get to know otherwise.

What value do you derive from CCT which you don’t get from other activities?  I’ve been a consultant for two decades and working with CCT provides me a chance to leverage that experience to help non-profits. But CCT also pushes my skill set in directions that I don’t typically get to do with my normal work.  But most importantly, as I’m sure is the case with most CCT volunteers, the satisfaction of helping these important organizations is something that’s hard to find elsewhere.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               What might we not know about you?  I love to spend time in Vermont skiing with my wife and two sons while always finding time to root on the Patriots. 

Volunteer Profile: Peter Sanborn

Now in his 5th year at CCT, Peter Sanborn progressed from first year Team Member for The Philanthropic Initiative project to Project Manager for the MASS Design Group and then a Board member overseeing strategic planning. In the current cycle, he is also Sponsor for the All Hands Volunteers project.

Peter is a Stanford Business School alumnus who works by day as a fund manager investing in international stocks for Oechsle International Advisors. He says that CCT is his antidote for the alienation he feels when reflecting on the world’s many pressing issues. For him, CCT provides the tangible satisfaction of “giving back” more directly through a specific organization’s mission, rather than the usual arm’s length method of writing checks — though that’s important, too!

Along with colleagues on the CCT Board, Peter has thought deeply about what makes for a great volunteer experience. He and the board believe that volunteers are most fulfilled if they can: make an impact on the client’s organization, have fun and enjoy the camaraderie of fellow volunteers, learn and grow personally, and feel they are part of a well-managed, thoughtful organization.

Volunteer Profile: Carolyn McGuire

As we celebrate the start of our 25th project cycle, we highlight honorary board member, Carolyn McGuire of Weston, who has been called the “heart” of the CCT organization. She was a founding member in 1991 and has served in many roles, including 14 years on the Board. After turning over the Board Chair role to the current team, she has stayed involved in special projects and continues to work with the business school relations team.

Carolyn did not imagine when she responded to an intriguing opportunity that it would evolve into a labor of love. “I received a mailing from Tuck about volunteer consulting opportunities at a time when I was at home with small kids. The chance to give back to the Boston community with my business skills was very appealing, and I’ve been involved in CCT ever since.”

Early on, Carolyn saw how powerful CCT projects could be for nonprofits. Her first project was developing a targeted communications strategy for the Big Sister Association of Greater Boston. A year later, she learned that the organization credited the work CCT had done with increasing applications by 100% in the targeted segment. Carolyn has continued to invest her time and talent, because she believes, “CCT empowers nonprofits to do what they do better and longer so that they can more fully serve their missions and constituents.”

Volunteer Profile: Ezra Gordon

After two years of working on projects with CCT clients, Ezra Gordon moved behind the scenes into the vital role of Chair of the Infrastructure Committee on the CCT Board.  He and his team have put in place the technology and information systems that project teams and Board committees rely on for online collaboration, accepting applications, maintaining volunteer and client records, and archiving history.

MBA:  The Amos Tuck School of Business Administration, Dartmouth College

Town of Residence:  Cambridge, MA

Professional Background:  Strategy & Operations, Entrepreneurship, Management Consulting, Marketing

Nonprofit Focus:  Energy, Environment, Health, Arts

Previous CCT Clients:  Springstep, Containers2Clinics, Mass Design, The Genesis Fund

Why did you decide to volunteer for CCT?

I first volunteered for CCT after graduating from Tuck in 2009.  In business school, I led Tuck Student Consulting Services, an organization which served a mission similar to CCT.  Based on that experience, I knew that CCT would be a fun and rewarding way to give back to my community.

What have you found to be the most rewarding aspects of working on a CCT project?  On the CCT Board?

CCT Client Profile: Roca

 

Organization: RocaName: Molly Baldwin, Founder and CEOMission:  Help disengaged and disenfranchised young people move out of violence and povertyLocation(s):  Chelsea and Springfield, MA; expansion plans in and out-of-state 

Please tell us what your organization does.

Roca helps young people between the ages of 17 and 24 move out of poverty and violence. We do this through relentless outreach to first engage them and develop transformative relationships with them. Our model is based on the stages of behavior change, in order to get young people ready, willing, and able to participate in programming around life skills, education and employment.

What are you best known for?

In addition to relentless outreach and relationship building, we are also known for using data like crazy. We use it to find and understand the young people we want to help. We use it to keep learning about what works and what doesn’t, and the level of effort that is required. In part because of this analytical rigor, we were recently chosen to pilot a first-in-the-nation Social Innovation Financing Project in the area of juvenile justice. It is a “pay for success” model, where Massachusetts will pay for reduced incarceration rates among high risk young men formerly involved with the justice system. This will allow us to reach more young people in need, and success with this model will also benefit taxpayers. It is an enormous privilege to be a part of this effort.

What challenges did Community Consulting Teams (CCT) help you resolve?

Volunteer Profile: Elizabeth Atkin

One of CCT’s longtime volunteers is Elizabeth Atkin. Elizabeth has worked on seven CCT client projects…three times as a team member and four times as project manager…more than any other volunteer! She has also served twice on the CCT project development team to help screen and evaluate client applications.

MBA: Kellogg Graduate School of Management, Northwestern University

Town of Residence: Weston, MA

Professional Background: Marketing, Communications, Management Consulting

Nonprofit Focus: Arts, Healthcare

Previous CCT Clients: Indian Hill Orchestra and Music School, MyTown, Improv Boston, Press Pass TV, Beacon Hill Village, Danforth Art, Emerson Umbrella

When did you first hear about CCT?

I moved to Weston in 2001 and was interested in resuming my career in marketing or consulting. A friend recommended I contact Carolyn McGuire who was a founding member of a consulting group comprised of MBA alumni. As fate would have it, Carolyn McGuire lives right around the corner from me! Well, life got busy, and it took a year or two, but I finally asked her about CCT.

Why did you decide to volunteer?

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Access Your Team Project Site!

1) Read the following instructions before proceeding to your project site:

To access your team’s site, you will need to log in with your cct email account.  Because the team site is based on Google’s platform, there are two sets of instructions, depending on whether you already have a gmail account.

 

 If you have a google (gmail) account, you may see the following screen once you proceed to the project site:

 

Click “Switch Account”

 

Click “Add Account”

 

 

Type in your CCT Username

[yourfirstname].[yourlastname]@cctboston.org 

(eg: John.Smith@cctboston.org)

 

Your Password:

If you are new to CCT, your password is: volunteer

You will be required to change your password once you log in.

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