As a volunteer with SDP, your core mission is to support your assigned Sister Race. If you’ve volunteered with a campaign before, these tasks will be familiar to you:
Small donations. Campaigns need cash to run, especially the modest down-ballot races we support. We’ll make it easy by making available secure links that allow you to donate straight to the campaign. SDP does not take any of the money you donate to campaigns.
Fundraisers. You’re encouraged to organize and/or attend fundraisers in your home district to support your Sister Race. Depending on the campaign, it may be possible to feature a message from the candidate, or even a live stream or in-person conversation. These are a great way to build your local community too!
Phonebanking. Voter outreach is incredibly important, whether it’s persuasion calls or reminding people to vote. Whether you organize or attend a phonebank, you’ll learn a lot and be able to do it as part of a team.
Canvassing. Where feasible and appropriate, we encourage you to travel to the location of your Sister Race. Person-to-person contact makes an enormous difference, particularly through canvassing (knocking on doors). The goals might be voter registration, persuasion, or GOTV (get-out-the-vote) on or near election day. This can be a rewarding opportunity to travel somewhere new and make meaningful connections. And don’t worry, we’ll make sure you have the training you need!
Social media. No matter what the Sister Race, we’ll ask you to spread the word. Liking and sharing posts helps promote them in other people’s feeds, and sharing your excitement and activities around your Sister Race helps build momentum.
Keep in mind that SDP’s focus is elections. Although there will be exceptions for special elections, much of the work we’ll be asking you to do happens during election high season, from June to November.