Find text banking events
Texting is a great way to reach thousands of people in just one text bank, and it’s especially effective with young voters. For most events, trainings are offered on a Zoom call. During the call you’ll become familiar with the goal of the text bank, and you can ask questions during the training. You can usually find text banks and training on Mobilize:
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The basics of text banking
- There are many organizations that run text banking campaigns you can join from home. Organizations include the DNC, specific Democratic campaigns for candidates/states/counties, Fair Fight, NextGen, MoveOn, Movement Labs, and others.
- When you sign up with one of these organizations, they’ll train you to use a specific texting application. Applications are web-based apps like Spoke, ThruText, Impactive, etc.
- You won’t be texting from your mobile phone; instead, you’ll use an app on your laptop or desktop computer to more easily send and respond to texts. This also prevents people from seeing your personal phone number.
- Most organizations operate a Slack workspace that you’ll join. Slack is a communications app that allows you to contact a moderator or trainer for questions that may come up while you’re texting. When an organization sets up a space in Slack for its members to work in together, that’s called a workspace. Within each workspace there will be several channels, which are like folders on a computer. You will access different channels to get information or request lists of people to text. Each organization on Slack will have its own workspace.
- For more tips on texting, review these Best Practices for guidance that applies to any texting campaign.