Making Democracy Work

Volunteer

Volunteers are essential to the League of of Women Voters. Without volunteers, we would not be able to fulfill our mission. Here are some of our current volunteer opportunities.

If you don't see an exact fit for what you are looking for, reach out to League@lwvchicago.org. We'll try to match your interests with one of our committees or upcoming events.

March to the Polls - January 20

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January 20, 2018

DOWNTOWN CHICAGO - RALLY AND MARCH

9 AM - Pre-March Events

11 AM - Rally

LWV Chicago is participating in the Women's March Chicago: March to the Polls rally and march in downtown Chicago. This event is to celebrate the activism inspired by the Women's March and renewed interest in the democratic process.

LWV Chicago plans to register voters at the event. Join us! If you are interested in getting involved with planning or attending as part of LWV Chicago, contact Catherine Mardikes at league@lwvchicago.org. You can also join the LWV Chicago March to the Polls Facebook Group.

MARCH MEET-UP DETAILS

  • LWV Chicago marchers will meet on the west side of Buckingham Fountain at 9:30 AM, which is the same meet up location as LWVIL.
  • Arriving early downtown? Meet at the LWV Chicago office lobby at 8:30 AM to help bring signs and voter bookmark materials to the march.
  • Wear your League pins on your hats for recognition and to find each other!
  • Interested to help with social media posts for the League during the march? Contact Jenny Grochowski at league@lwvchicago.org or through the Facebook Group.

We encourage LWV marchers to join our LWV Chicago March to the Polls Facebook Group for up to date details and communications on the day of the march.

Additional details about the march can be found at the Women's March Chicago website.

Marshal Volunteer: The march needs marshals along the route. If you are interested, please check out the website for details and training schedule.

Donate: If you can't march but want to support it, consider making a donation to cover logistical costs. Donations can be made through the Chicago Women's March website.

Committee Involvement

LWV Chicago has several committees that meet on a regular basis. Committees can be for League advocacy and administration tasks.

What you can do:

  • Attend regular meetings - give input and guidance
  • Lead or assist project tasks during the month.

Activities can range from periodic event planning, coordinate advocacy efforts on League positions, or assisting with League administration activities.

Time Commitment: 1-2 hrs a month for meetings. Task timeframes will vary.

Next Steps: Attend an upcoming LWV Chicago committee meeting to learn more about committee tasks and volunteer opportunities. Check our calendar for the next discussion. RSVP or send additional questions to League@lwvchicago.org

Observer Corps

LWV Chicago is always looking for volunteers to attend government meetings as part of our Observer Corps program. Find out more details and contact information on our Observer Corps page.

Voter Registration Opportunities

COORDINATE REGISTRATION DRIVES

LWV Chicago is coordinating registration drives leading up to the March 2018 primary. If you would like to get involved with planning or working a drive, contact Helene Gabelnick, Voter Service Chair, at league@lwvchicago.org

Several LWV members are taking the lead in four types of locations around the city. Contact the individuals noted to get involved in these specific projects (you can also email league@lwvchicago.org to get more information).

  • high schools - Pat Wilder
  • city colleges - Laura Ring
  • retirement communities - Melanie Norstrom
  • public libraries - Nancy Martin

COOK COUNTY JAIL VOTER REGISTRATION DRIVES

LWV Chicago is partnering with Chicago Votes to register eligible voters at Cook County Jail. Voting drives will be held on Sundays from 3-6 pm, unless time is otherwise noted

  • February 11
  • February 18
  • March Early Voting (TBA)
  • April 8
  • May 13
  • June 10
  • July 8

What you can do: If you are a deputy voter registrar, you can sign-up for one or more Sunday shifts. There are multiple buildings at the facility; the more volunteers available the more individuals registered!

Time Commitment: 3 hours per shift

Next Steps: Here are the details with volunteering at Cook County jail, from Chicago Votes. You may also contact Julie Shelton at league@lwvchicago.org for more details on jail visit training and how to sign-up.

If you are not a deputy voter registrar yet, check the LWV Chicago calendar. The League regularly sponsors training!

There are three steps to working in the jail:

1. Fill out google form Cook County Jail Project

2. Become a Deputy Registrar (If you already are, great! If not, check the LWV calendar for voter registration opportunities)

3. Cook County Jail Training 101

After filling out the google form Cook County Jail Project please ensure you calendar the dates you choose. You will receive a confirmation email a few days before each training.

Communications

There are several opportunities to assist our Communications team reach current and prospective members. To express interest or find out more information, contact Cathy Potkay at league@lwvchicago.org

WEBSITE MAINTENANCE

LWVChicago is updating its website; it's a perfect time to get involved!

  • Site Maintenance - calendar & events pages
  • Post current news content
  • Implement new features

SOCIAL MEDIA STRATEGISTS

Are you social media savvy? Become part of the League's social media team + help with content and strategy for social media outreach on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

NEWS UPDATES

Help LWVChicago get important announcements out to members and prospective members. Expertise or willingness to learn MailChimp is a plus.

  • Chicago Voter (monthly newsletter)
  • Time for Action alerts to members
  • Event and news updates

VIDEOGRAPHER FOR LWV EVENTS

Help LWVChicago record video of key meetings and activities for website and social media use.

  • Record briefings and special events