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Organization
Even though individuals can assume Neighborhood/Precinct Organizing leadership for their respective neighborhood precincts, it can be desirable for local liberty-minded organizations to lead this effort for coordination across precincts for maximum effect on local, state, and federal political races. In fact, while door-to-door canvassing and volunteer phone banking can be effectively and efficiently done by individual neighborhood teams, volunteer phone banking, robo-calling, voter guides, printing leaflets, voter registration, and conducting candidate nights are best done more centrally by the local liberty-minded organization. This section, along with the many sub-tabs, discusses best practices for accomplishing this more centralized coordination. For a quick overview of  an organized canvassing walk, view the video by clicking on the picture above.

For local liberty-minded organizations to effectively and efficiently implement the many aspects of Neighborhood/Precinct Organizing they will have to adopt many of the best management business practices and transpose them to a volunteer effort. This is necessary for organizations to successfully recruit, inspire, and retain volunteers in order to expand an organization’s effectiveness and reach. Specifically, these management practices include: volunteer recruiting, how to be an effective servant-leader, breaking “complicated” tasks into simpler tasks, and allowing capable volunteers to rapidly assume responsibility and ownership.Cheryl Strabala of Nevada, who worked on the Sharron Angle campaign in 2010, has done an excellent job documenting her successful and proven leadership practices into a manual titled “Invite and Invest. She has given us permission to share this detailed manual, accessible by just clicking on the highlighted title. Cheryl doubled the number of phone-bank volunteers and increased daily phone-bank calls by over 400% within just the first two weeks.

The best way for an organization to recruit volunteers for Neighborhood/Precinct Organizing is to periodically devote a membership meeting to this topic.  For presentation content, feel free to use downloads of our PowerPoint presentation and backup material from our website’s homepage. We also provide a video of a prior presentation to give you a sense of how to best deliver the PowerPoint presentation. We don’t provide a written script since we constantly update our presentations based on new learning and to keep the presentation relevant to the politics of the time. The success of this approach is evident based on discussions with many of the leaders, of those in forty-seven states who receive our newsletter, who have used our website content to train patriot organizations across their states.

Based on our own experience giving these type presentations to numerous liberty-minded organizations across the nation, we would suggest the following to maximize recruitment of Neighborhood/Precinct Organizing volunteers.

  • Have a local organization speaker serve as a “Closer” who can appeal emotionally to the audience to request that they sign up to be a Neighborhood/Precinct Organizing volunteer or leader.
  • As the audience leaves the event, have two people at each door with clipboards to take names and contact information from people agreeing to be a Neighborhood/Precinct Organizing volunteer or leader. It is best to get people to agree to volunteer when they are inspired by what they just heard and by asking them to sign-up. People need to be personally asked!  
  • After the presentation, be prepared to announce a date/time/place for actual door-to-door canvassing or volunteer phone bank calling with training. At minimum, prepare training packets for Neighborhood/Precinct Organizing. Use the detailed information from TheVoicesOfAmerica.org website to complete these packets. Include a local precinct map and possible a walking list for each precinct.

Remember at all times, to recruit volunteers you MUST personally ASK them to volunteer. Volunteers do not have to live in a precinct to volunteer or lead the precinct’s Neighborhood/Precinct Organization. Organizations can also recruit volunteers by asking potential volunteers at social hours of local liberty-minded organization meetings or people standing in line at conservative events. You can also use Voter Records to identify potential volunteer candidates. Get contact information from potential volunteers and provide the organization’s contact information to everyone you contact, even if someone might not be interested in volunteering at the time. They may become sufficiently frustrated at a future time and will then reach out to your organization to volunteer.

You will quickly learn that volunteers who have never done anything like this before will quickly catch-on and have an enjoyable experience. As evidence of this, note the cited example from West Chester, Ohio Precinct 24, particularly the very positive, unsolicited comments from volunteers who had never before pursued door-to-door political canvassing.

 

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