Our member resources section is a haven for members who want to learn more about SOCM, familiarize themselves with the responsibilities of membership, and receive guidance in fundraising, organizing, or taking action in their communities. Browse the different sections below for an overview of our content:

For Chapters

Learn about the qualities of an effective chapter, the leadership positions of a chapter, and chapter responsibilities. If you live in an area that currently does not have a SOCM chapter, learn about how to start your own.

How SOCM Works

Learn more about how being a member-run organization makes SOCM uniquely poised to take on the challenges of organizing in Tennessee. Read our Theory of Social Change, or check out our organization chart.

For Committees

Everything you need to know about committees. Explore how statewide committees offer members a chance to expand their work beyond their local communities. Learn more about our Internal Committees.

Publications & Presentations

Read through our archive of publications and presentations. Learn more about a variety of topics affecting communities across Tennessee.

How-to Articles

Browse our collection of how-to articles for our membership. Develop vital skills such as writing letters to the editor or planning a fundraising event.

Member Downloads

Download reimbursement forms and promotional materials. Find templates for press releases, meeting agendas, event flyers, and more.

Member Responsibilities

You have the responsibility to pay your dues.

We all pay dues so we can have a strong, independent organization which really works for our interests.

You have the responsibility to support other SOCM members and SOCM events.

SOCM members look out for each other. We all have different amounts of time and energy to contribute. But it is important that we all try to respond if we’re asked to write a letter, attend a hearing, or generally support each other.

Fundraising goals are part of your work with SOCM.

Every chapter host creative fundraising events and campaigns that help support their work and continues SOCM’s presence in Tennessee.

The Iron Rule.

The Iron Rule of organizing states: “Never do for people what they can do for themselves.” The challenge for members is to take on those tasks which increase their own leadership skills and ownership of the group, but also free staff to do more new organizing.