On March 24 we hosted our first ever online phonebank training webinar, with more than 50 participants joining us. If you missed it, we’ll have more live events in the future; you can also access a recording of our webinar here (just provide your name and email to access it). We’re also providing the webinar slides here for easy reference.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, it is the responsibility of all of us to protect vulnerable populations and make sure our hospitals, doctors, and nurses are not overwhelmed. Here are some ways you can volunteer while helping your community stay safe:
Phonebank from home
The DVC is going virtual! We will teach you to phonebank from home with new online training, and we will schedule times for us to phonebank together with DVC volunteers available to assist you remotely.
Out of respect for the health and safety of our volunteers and visitors during the COVID-19 outbreak, we are cancelling all currently scheduled events at the DVC Headquarters effective immediately. Our current location was a temporary office, so we are effectively shutting down our Winter/Spring office a few weeks early. We still plan to open a larger office later in the spring or summer, when it is safe to do so.
Many organizations are still holding small events for phone banking and letter/postcard writing, and we’ll continue to list those events on our calendar. We urge you to always check the calendar for updates shortly before any event, since cancellations or changes are still possible.
The presence of this virus in our community does not diminish the importance of our work; electing a government of responsible, competent public servants who will put the interests of the American people first is more important than ever. The DVC is developing plans for remote training sessions that you can do from home, so you can learn to phonebank or textbank from the comfort of your living room. Please keep an eye on your email and on the DVC calendar for updates about that and other ways to continue to work for democracy during this difficult time.
The DVC hosted back-to-back campaign forums this week. Marcus Ismael, the Norcal field organizer for Elizabeth Warren’s campaign spoke on Thursday; Jane Kim, the California state political director for Bernie Sanders spoke on Friday.