Thanks for getting involved!
There are a lot of ways to help!
Find your niche and volunteer. This is a growing organization with short and long term goals and projects. We have volunteer options for everyone regardless of availability, location, or skill set. If you're ready to level up and volunteer send us an email and let us know who you are, what you're excited about, and when you're free.
Opportunities include: Canvassing, Outreach, Press, Promotion, Voter Education, Fundraising, Event Planning, Graphic Design, Volunteer Coordination, Tech, and Leadership.
Check out the Activist Toolkit for all the materials you could need.
THE SCOOP: Teamwork makes the dream work!
CANVASSING: Going out with a clipboard, collecting signatures or donations, and telling people about STAR Voting! You can canvass on the street or at farmers markets, go door to door, go to events or meetings, or just sign up your friends family and co-workers.
Canvassing for signatures is the #1 most valuable thing you can do! For new canvassers we have a buddy system where you can go out with an experienced volunteer, learn the ropes and build confidence. Get everything you need to set up your clipboard and get trained here or come out to a training or meet-up. Our canvassing events don't all have a point person, but if you let us know you are coming we'll make sure you have a teammate!
OUTREACH: Writing letters or going in person to reach out to organizations and individuals we'd like to get involved. Organizing presentations
The most effective outreach is in your own network. Do you go to meetings for other groups and organizations already? Do you know leaders in your community, in business, in activism, or in politics? Do you have groups or individuals you follow and respect? We are working to grow the Equal Vote Coalition, earn endorsements for STAR Voting, give presentations at events and meetings, and make sure that local leaders are included and invited to get involved.
Once our team has made initial contact it's up to our volunteers to follow up, show that this is important to people, and build lasting alliances.
We have great speakers that can come present at meetings, events or even one-one-one. Set up a conversation or make an introduction. Offer to have one of our team present.
PRESS: Help get us featured in the press! Help get our content published. Help write op-eds and articles. Help us film or record promotional materials.
We have tons of great articles for every audience. Short or long, accessible or technical, general or focused we have great content that should get submitted to newspapers, magazines, and newsletters. We also have videos and other media that can be shared. We have radio ready spokespeople. We also welcome and encourage you to write or create new content as inspiration strikes. We have some great videos already but we have more in the works that you could help with.
PROMOTION: Help spread the word about our events and activity on platforms like Nextdoor, on social media, and through other avenues.
Next door is probably the most powerful promotional tool out there right now for local happenings and news but you can only share to your neighborhood. We need a point person doing promotion in each neighborhood. Facebook is another powerful tool. We aren't on other social media platforms yet but we should be, and you can make that happen. Most neighborhoods and many organizations have newsletters or press releases. Let's get our content featured! Tons of community gathering places have bulletin boards, let's post our flyers around town.
EDUCATION: By the time STAR Voting is on the ballot we need at least 51% to know what this is and why we need it. Currently many people don't even understand that our voting system is the root of the problem. Education is the key!
Education underlies most of the other focus areas on this list but it's critical that it get it's own time in the lime light. People generally need to hear about something 7 times before they remember it but if they use it for themselves it sticks much faster Let's get this issue in front of the people. We can host community forums, visit classrooms, do live demos, get groups and organizations to use STAR Voting, and offer up the star.vote app for their own meetings and elections.
FUNDRAISING: No local Multnomah County ballot measure has ever gotten enough signatures with volunteers alone. Organizing a campaign and team is a full time job. Running a campaign takes money and we need your help to raise it.
Share our fundraising links and videos. Host a house coffee or a social. Phone bank or write letters asking for donations of money, food or drinks for events, or items we can auction off. Go canvassing door to door. Organize a fundraiser event. Make or buy something we can sell on our website or when we're tabling, t-shirts, hats, star shaped sunglasses, you name it.
EVENT PLANNING: Plan and schedule events. Organize details. Make and update events on facebook and the website. Call, text, and message people to remind them and rally them.
From canvassing opportunities, to live music events, to meetings, to potlucks, to fundraisers, we have tons of events on the table. Getting them planned, organized and promoted is a lot of work but when you see everyone's smiling faces engaged and involved it's also super rewarding.
Graphic Design: Posters, event flyers, t-shirt designs, postcards, website and social media content, banners, and murals!
A picture is worth a thousand words. If you have artistic or graphic design skills there's always more to do. Whether you are a seasoned pro with all the programs or an amateur with Google Docs or Paint we have a job for you!
VOLUNTEER COORDINATION: Keeping the email list up to date. Checking in with volunteer canvassers. Checking in with sub-committee members. Helping connect volunteers with others around carpooling or teaming up. Getting new volunteers trained and oriented so they feel effective. Making sure people feel appreciated and recognized for their work.
Recruiting and keeping volunteers engaged is all about making it welcoming, making it fun, and making it effective. Volunteer coordination is about building community and giving people the tools they need to be successful.
TECH: Web design, the star.vote election calculator app, Democracy Hackathon, working on simulations and testing.
A lot of our members have tech skills and a love of design and innovation have infused this project since it's inception. If you have tech skills we can use them!
LEADERSHIP: Each topic listed above could easily grow into a subcommittee of it's own. Many projects and events also require teamwork and a point person to keep the project on track.
If you are willing to take on leadership responsibilities for projects, big or small, there are opportunities available. Our current structure for subcommittees is to have a 2 person lead team. If you take on something you will have support and the help of a more experience team member as well. There are also specific tasks that can be delegated. We need point people for Twitter and Instagram. We need point people for each political group, party, and various community organizations. If you go to meetings for a group already you can be our ambassador. We also need a point person for each event we host.