About the DVC

What we do

Volunteer activities

  • We organize in-person and remote phone banks and provide training and support to phone bankers
  • We provide supplies, information, and events for volunteers who want to write postcards or letters to voters
  • We promote and support text banks by our partner organizations, and we can connect you directly with people who can answer your text banking questions
  • We promote and support canvassing activities in key California districts, primarily in the Central Valley

Special events

We host both in-person events and virtual events over Zoom, including:

  • Chances to hear from and meet Democratic candidates
  • Fundraisers to support Democratic candidates
  • Debate watch parties during primary and general election season
  • Movie nights
  • Talks from elected officials and speakers like Katie Porter, Anna Eshoo, Michael McFaul, and Dan Pfeiffer

Supporting local organizations

During campaign season—summer and fall during midterm years or spring through fall during presidential election years—we provide physical office space and infrastructure for our own volunteers; this space is also available for use by other local organizations that are dedicated to electing Democratic candidates. If your organization needs event space during campaign season, email event-coordinator@demvolctr.org.

Our mission and history

The mission of the Democratic Volunteer Center is to support volunteers and activist groups in the democratic process by providing the space, infrastructure and resources necessary to elect Democrats and pass legislation aligned with Democratic Party values at the local, state and national levels.

The Democratic Volunteer Center began in 2010 with the goal of harnessing 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.

We are based in Silicon Valley and serve volunteers both local and remote. Originally a local organization, in 2020 we moved our phone banks and meetings online, and began distributing supplies for people to volunteer from home. We now have volunteers from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and abroad. In August of 2022 we reopened a physical location in Mountain View, CA for the first time in more than two years.

Volunteers listening to Congresswoman Anna Eshoo at the grand opening of our 2022 office.

The DVC Board

  • Lawrence Byrd
  • Herb Engstrom
  • Melanie Erasmus
  • Rita Friedman – Board member emeritus
  • Mary Gill
  • Beth Grossman
  • Bruce Hahne
  • Michelle Kraus
  • Bill James
  • Kacy McClure
  • Diane Rolfe – Board member emeritus
  • Paula Rugg
  • Pam Salvatierra – interim Chair
  • Kavita Tankha
  • Emily Thurber – Board member emeritus

Do you have experience on the board of a nonprofit or political organization? Would you like a role that affects thousands of volunteers? The DVC is actively seeking a new Board Chair. If you’re interested, please email info@demvolctr.org with your contact information and let us know.

What has the DVC done to help elect Democrats?

  • In 2022, DVC volunteers made over 150,000 calls and wrote over 11,000 postcards. In less than one month, we wrote an additional 9000 postcards and made another 7000 phone calls to send Raphael Warnock back to the Senate.
  • DVC volunteers made nearly 1 million get-out-the-vote calls for Democratic candidates in the 2020 general election. This includes more than 94,000 calls made for the runoff that elected Rev. Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff to the Senate. Our texters sent more than 3 million texts to voters in key states, and our postcard and letter writers hand-wrote more than 200,000 messages.
  • In 2018, our volunteers made more than 300,000 calls on behalf of 26 campaigns in 15 states.

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