Whether you’re a burgeoning activist, a veteran grassroots organizer, or brand new to the civic process, we have a role for you! Ready to join in on the action? Fill out the form below to get started and we’ll get you connected with your local NIAC Action volunteer group!
Volunteer Roles at NIAC Action
The primary role of our volunteers is to grow our local congressional action teams and build long-term, impactful relationships between NIAC Action and Members of Congress. There is no expected time commitment from volunteers. Volunteers can help whenever they want and with whatever they are most comfortable with! Activities include petition gathering, generating calls to Congress, meeting with Congressional offices in the district (aka in-district meetings), attending town halls, working with local media, organizing happy hours and educational events, and more! During election years, volunteers will also have the opportunity to assist with voter registration and outreach in their local areas.
Chapter Coordinators take an even larger leadership role in their chapter by spearheading specific types of activities, including everything from planning education events to leading grassroots efforts to organizing and propelling advocacy efforts. A Chapter’s “Educational Events Coordinator,” for example, is in charge of organizing the chapter’s education events, while a Chapter’s “Grassroots Action Coordinator” could lead organizing activities, such as collecting petitions or helping generate calls to Congress. Coordinators are expected to join a monthly Chapter leadership call and coordinate with other volunteers in the chapter to accomplish their goals.
Each NIAC Action Chapter is led by a Captain, who serves as the primary liaison between NIAC members in a district and a legislator’s office. Active volunteers can apply to become a Chapter Captain, which requires that the volunteer participate in monthly national conference calls; participate in trainings with NIAC staff; assist with recruiting and managing the local volunteer team; lead local actions, such as petition drives and phone banking; plan local events, such as happy hours or educational events; and maintain active communication with a legislator’s office.
Regional Chairs make up the Grassroots Committee, which meets over the phone monthly to discuss grassroots strategy. Chairs are responsible for overseeing Chapter Captains within their regional jurisdiction, holding monthly check-ins, and leading legislative training sessions. Chairs work with NIAC Action staff to improve its grassroots strategy and are invited to participate in organization-wide strategic planning conversations with NIAC Action’s Staff, Board of Directors, and Finance Committee Members. Chapter Captains demonstrating strong leadership qualities and a capacity to build and lead their local District Chapters can be nominated by NIAC Action Staff or fellow volunteers to become a Chair.
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