Organizing Your Congregation
Establish Movement Partners
Many congregations already have justice partners whose efforts include voter outreach. Using your congregation as a source of volunteers for voter registration, door knocking, data entry, phone calling, can have a big impact with a relatively modest investment of organizing time and energy. You can also find out what other help they need—from designing flyers to researching voter guides, to organizing transportation, raising money and more.
Partnering with an existing organization that has a successful track record and a goal that aligns with UU the Vote is one of the best ways to keep building the movement for justice as we work for electoral justice in 2020 on the multiple issues that motivate people to vote.
Read more about identifying and initiating partnerships, as well as tips for effective partnerships, in the congregational toolkit.
Asset Mapping Your Resources
In many of the places we live, meeting space is a rare commodity that we can offer readily. Congregations can be invigorated with new life when they become hubs of community activities carried out by UUs, as well as community partners and unaffiliated groups. Church buildings can be used for candidate forums that provide a platform to hear from all candidates on the issues, non-partisan phone banks and canvassing operations, sites for educational events, community fundraisers, and much more.
Consider what resources (space, equipment, human resources, infrastructure) might be useful to people in our community who are aligned with this effort? How can we make those resources available on a regular basis? How can we let people know they can access them?
► Download the Asset Mapping Inventory Checklist, created by the Minnesota UU Social Justice Alliance and the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee.