Fulfillment of the League of Women Voters’ mission is completely dependent on the commitment, hard work, and passion of its volunteers.
Why volunteer for the League of Women Voters (LWV)?
The League is about Making Democracy Work® and you can be a part of it.
Are you a recent retiree looking to engage in something worthwhile?
Are you a young twenty- or thirty-something looking for a resume builder?
Most important, are you concerned about the future of our democracy and want to take action?
Volunteer work in the League can involve a wide range of commitment.
You can spend a few hours a year or several hours per week with tasks ranging from voter registration to leading a major project. Most activities do not require membership. You may want to engage in some League activities to “test the waters” before making the commitment to be a dues-paying member.
The opportunities and whom to contact
Below are brief descriptions of volunteer activities and names of those who can help you get involved. This list will be continually updated.
Redistricting 2017–signature collectors, campaigners
Reforming congressional redistricting to rectify gerrymandering is a top League priority. Learn more about this issue on the website of the Fair Districts = Fair Elections coalition of which LWV of Ohio is a partner. A ballot initiative is likely, for which we will need many signature collectors and, if the petition is successful, campaigners.
Contacts: Catherine LaCroix
LWV centennial in 2020 – planners and organizers
The 100-year anniversary is coming up for the founding of both the national League of Women Voters (February 14, 1920) and the Cleveland League of Women Voters (April 1920). We need volunteers to propose and organize a centennial celebration that could boost membership, fundraising, visibility, and mission activity.
Contacts: Marcia Goldberg, Susan Murnane
Do you have a hot-button issue? Join LWVO’s Lobby Corps
The LWV of Ohio (LWVO) has positions on issues ranging from voter rights to gun violence to healthcare to public education. You can find all LWVO positions on their website. To learn more about the LWVO lobby corps and its volunteer lobbyists read this article published in LWVO’s Summer 2016 Voter. Lobby Corps volunteers have twice a month conference calls to coordinate LWVO’s advocacy work, and training is available by pairing new volunteers with experienced lobbyists as mentors. Complete, scan, and email the Lobby Corps sign-up form or provide the requested information in an email to …
Contact: Carrie Davis, Exec. Dir. LWV of Ohio, firstname.lastname@example.org
Public Policy Forums
The League does monthly public policy forums about in collaboration with Case Western Reserve University, cleveland.com, and several area library systems. These forums include a panel of local experts and a prominent moderator. LWVGC Board Member Mike Baron, who organizes these events, would like to bring more worker bees into the project. Volunteer assistance could be light, such as greet attendees, man a sign-in table, and assist with collecting written questions during the Q &A , or a deeper involvement in creating ideas and producing future forums.
Contact: Mike Baron
Voter service helpers (next four items)
For 2017, LWV of Greater Cleveland and its chapters expect to host many candidate and issue forums, prepare an online (Vote411) voter guide for municipal and school board races throughout Cuyahoga County, and, of course, register voters.
Forum organizers and helpers
Many of our chapters will plan forums for which they will need organizers and helpers. Also, if you live in a community outside one of our chapter areas, perhaps you would like to bring a forum to your city. To learn more about planning forums and what volunteer tasks are needed, look at our Voter Education Toolkit.
Contact: Penny Jeffrey
If you feel comfortable conducting a meeting, event, or class we welcome you to become a League moderator, for which you will receive training. More information on the tasks of moderators can also be found in the Voter Education Toolkit
Contact: Penny Jeffrey
Vote411 online voter guide– contact candidates
Vote411 enables the League to provide online Voter Guide information. The main task is following up with candidates who have not responded to our questionnaire. With enough volunteers, we may be able to cover all contested races in the 59 municipalities within Cuyahoga County.
Contact: Marcia Goldberg
Voter registration is simple and, with minimal training, can be done efficiently and accurately by any volunteer. The League also encourages, and has strategies for, follow-up to get registered voters to the polls. Contact: Penny Jeffrey
Volunteers observe public meetings of governmental bodies and provide reports for the local League and the public. LWV of Greater Cleveland has an active observer corps for the governmental bodies listed below. To volunteer for any of those, contact the person listed.
Cleveland Community Police Commission (To view reports click here)
Contact: Susan Murnane
Cleveland Heights-University Heights city councils, school and library boards (To view reports click here to go to the Heights Observer; type “League of Women Voters” into search line)
Contact: Maryann Barnes