Volunteer & Take Action with the League for the Mid-Terms

Updated: Aug 3

Voter Education Team

Voters Edge (a digital, nonpartisan voter resource) - see first write-up below

Speakers Bureau

Local Videos

Communications Manager

Communications Writer

Copy Editor and Graphic Designer

Website Manager

Public Education Project - Climate Change


Plan with us now to

GET OUT THE VOTE

in the midterm

Voter Education Specialist - Voters Edge

Help provide voters with a free online information resource about candidates and ballot measures.

Background: Voters Edge California is a joint project of the League of Women Voters California Education Fund and MapLight both non-profit, non-partisan organizations. Voters Edge is a free resource for voters on candidates, ballot measures and other election information. Candidates can provide more information than is allowed in most print formats and determine their own descriptions, however there are required LWV fairness guidelines which are monitored by the League volunteer. Voters Edge can display only the candidate and ballot measure information relevant to each individual voter or all information at the county level.

Because of the nonpartisan nature of this work, volunteers should not be involved in any campaigns on the ballot in November.

Details:

· 2-3 volunteers needed (each is assigned a caseload for follow-up)

· Workflow for candidate information

o Volunteers use email templates to invite candidates to input information

o Volunteer makes follow-up contacts to encourage candidate response

o Candidates input information to Voters Edge portal

o Volunteer reviews candidate information for compliance with League fairness criteria

· Workflow for ballot measures: Volunteer retrieves ballot measure information from government websites and enters on Voters Edge portal

· Time commitment:

o August 15 to October 15 - 5 to 30 minutes daily depending on candidate-level of activity;

o October 15 to November 6 (after ballots and voter information distributed) - 5 minutes daily to monitor last minute changes

For more information please contact Bonnie Hamlin ca-alm@votersedge.org


Want to influence the League of Women Voters’ communications with the local community of Oakland voters? Here are a few opportunities to do just that:

Communications Manager – Work with our communications and committee teams to coordinate and publish compelling content to connect with voters, influencers, and other non-profit organizations.

The League of Women Voters Oakland mission is to promote civic responsibility through informed and active voter participation. We pursue our mission through education on major public policy issues and by influencing public policy through research and advocacy.

Overview: If you are looking to develop more communications and content development experience, this opportunity is a great way to further your career goals while contributing to a worthy cause. It’s also a great way to apply related professional experience while anticipating retirement. We are searching for someone who has at least one-year of communications and content marketing experience to spend 5-10 hours/week working with a few committees to publish their messaging to our new website, newsletter and in social media.

Basic Tasks: You will work with several volunteers (+ one paid consultant) to oversee the messaging across three channels, working with content creators, designers, advocacy strategies, and writers. While mostly coordinating the communications effort, you will also sometimes create or edit content. Others will publish it by implementing the content in multiple channels. Regular check-ins with each of the 3 to 4 committee leads facilitates coverage of upcoming content needs, relying heavily on Slack and Google Suite to stay organized. This position requires a self-motivated, organized, and responsive individual who has a passion for defending democracy, informed voting, and local politics, someone who has a working understanding of apps and technology and is comfortable working on a multi-generational team.

The role includes:

· Multi-channel communications coordination

· Occasionally create or post content to our website (Wix platform)

· Keep parties on track to meet content deadlines

· Contribute ideas to increase membership and engagement

Please send a link to your LinkedIn profile and/or your resume to the current Comms Lead, mjanefelice@gmail.com


Communications Writer - Work with our communications and committee teams to coordinate and publish compelling content to connect with voters, influencers, and other non-profit organizations.

The League of Women Voters Oakland mission is to promote civic responsibility through informed and active voter participation. We pursue our mission through education on major public policy issues and by influencing public policy through research and advocacy.

Overview: If you are looking to gain more writing and content development experience, this opportunity is a great way to further your career goals while contributing to a worthy cause. It’s also a great way to apply related professional experience while anticipating retirement. We are searching for someone who has at least one-year of writing, communications, or content development experience to spend 5-10 hours per week working with a few committees to create or edit their messaging to publish to our new website, newsletter and in social media.

Basic Tasks: You will work with content creators, designers and advocacy strategists to create or edit messaging; others will publish the content in various channels. Regular check-ins with each of 3 to 4 committee leads facilitates understanding of how best the communications team contribute to upcoming content needs, relying heavily on Slack and Google Suite to stay organized. This position requires a self-motivated, organized, and responsive individual who has a passion for defending democracy, informed voting, and local politics, someone who has a working understanding of apps and technology and is comfortable working on a multi-generational team.

The role includes:

· Multi-channel writing and communications

· Occasional creation and posting of content to our website (Wix platform)

· Copy-editing

Please send a link to your LinkedIn profile and/or your resume to the current Comms Lead, mjanefelice@gmail.com


Copy Editor and Graphic Designer - Copy edit and graphic design of fliers and reports, print and digital, mostly seasonal in relation to voter information for elections. Experience with cause-related communications and marketing helpful. Please click here to send us your contact information.


Website Manager - The League's new website (Wix platform) supports our bi-weekly newsletter and social media and is a key voter information resource. Basic Tasks: The website manager is part of the communications team, interfacing with committee leadership to identify new content, promoting the creation of blog posts, and managing longer-form content on the site. The role includes: Posting content to the site, identifying and posting images, cross-promoting other content within the site and with League partners, posts and links to the League's YouTube channel.


DELIBERATIVE DEMOCRACY ON CLIMATE CHANGE


Public Education Project - Climate Change

We are forwarding an invitation to Oakland League members about a pilot project which will test a tool designed to facilitate group discussion among a diverse group of individuals and help participants to clarify their individual conclusions. Table Talks is based on a model initially developed by the Stanford Center for Deliberative Democracy. The Center will continue to house The Table Talk Project going forward as a not-for-profit civic education tool. The discussion in the pilot project will be focused on climate change.

The upcoming discussion will draw from the American in One Room: Climate and Energy Deliberative Poll (Sept. 2021) and, briefly state, the steps to participate are:

1. After selecting a Table Talk discussion date, you’ll get a short survey to convey your current views on a range of climate change and energy-related topics.

2. You then will receive—if you wish--an online briefing booklet that can be used to brush up on the issues before discussing them with others.

3. ON the date of your Table Talk, you will be grouped with 8 to 10 other individuals from different geographic areas and experiences, so participants can learn together and from each other.

4. Immediately following the Table Talk, you will have a chance to complete the initial survey again to see if any of your views changed, and, if so, how.

These Table Talks will take place the 3rd and4th weeks of July, and you can pick from different times of the day and days of the week. Please go to this link for more information and to sign up.