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Our Story

How it started

The Democratic Volunteer Center (DVC) began in 2010. Originally based in Silicon Valley, our goal was to harness the expertise, passion, and resources of the mid-Peninsula to elect Democratic candidates. A founding principle of the DVC is inclusion, bringing together volunteers across the progressive spectrum, regardless of any relationship with the Party. Read more about the DVC here.

How it changed

In 2020 everything changed, and the DVC changed as well. We moved our phone banks and meetings online, and began distributing supplies for people to volunteer from home. We also began to welcome volunteers from across the country and around the world. We now have volunteers from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and abroad.

What now?

One thing is clear: we won’t go back to business as usual. The DVC will open a physical location in Santa Clara County when it’s safe to do so, but we’ll also continue supporting and working with remote volunteers both near and far. So whether you’re in Mountain View, California or Mountain Creek, New Jersey (or Mountain Creek, Australia), volunteer with us today!

Phone banking

Phone banking is the heart and soul of the DVC, and in 2020 we helped our volunteers make nearly one million calls to get out the vote. Our board is currently evaluating which campaigns we’ll support during 2021. Sign up with us and we’ll let you know as soon as we start phone banking again.

Tech team

Team members help our phone bankers get set up and answer all kinds of tech-related questions that come up for people volunteering from home or in our office. Sign up here and check “Tech support” as one of your interests.

Postcard and letter writing

Postcard and letter writing is already underway for special elections, Virginia state legislative elections happening this year, and voter registration and outreach.

Email Deb at charlottelechat13@gmail.com to get information about some current postcarding campaigns.

Texting

There are several Democratic and progressive organizations that run text banks during campaign season, and some operate year-round. The DVC compiles information and provides updates about texting organizations and campaigns for our volunteers. See our text banking guide here.

Two organizations that are texting right now are:

Canvassing

Door knocking is still on hold as we keep our neighbors and communities safe from COVID-19. Make sure you’re signed up with us here to be notified when in-person events begin again!

We typically support canvassers within California and in nearby states.

2020 by the numbers

976,386

More than a thousand tireless DVC phone bankers made almost a million calls to voters.

200,000

Our letter and postcard writers sent more than 200k hand-written messages.

3,000,000

Hundreds of DVC texters got out the vote with millions of texts to key states.

Including 94,215 calls to Georgia to win back the Senate!