On Thursday, August 25, the Jefferson Community Collaborative hosted a panel of speakers who shared tips and tricks to engage constituents and community members around nonpartisan voter engagement. Through their own experiences, they explained what grassroots marketing activities have worked well in their voter engagement efforts. Participants also learned about the resources available through our Jefferson Votes initiative, including webpages of information for voting readiness and a toolkit of materials to support organization’s voter engagement efforts. Participants who commit to one or many actions relating to voter engagement are encouraged to join our 26 organizations and counting as a Voter Engagement Champion. These Voter Engagement Champions are eligible to apply for mini-grants up to $1,000 to support their voter engagement work. The application for mini-grants can be found here.
Because nonprofits are among the most trusted institutions in their communities, our organizations are well-positioned to increase voter turnout, particularly among new voters and voters who face longstanding barriers to casting a ballot. Encouraging voter participation not only empowers communities served by nonprofits, it increases our organizations’ impact and ensures elected officials are accountable both during and after an election year. Check out the video below and here.