Volunteers make everything we do possible. It’s our volunteers who organize Community Forums, produce the Pros & Cons Guide, plan the Candidate Meet & Greet event, and organize our annual gala. The League of Women Voters San Francisco is a volunteer-run organization and, as such, our success depends on the enthusiastic participation of our members.
As a volunteer, you can gain experience in leadership and collaboration, hone your skills or learn new ones, learn about critical advocacy and voter education activities, get a behind-the-scenes view of League operations and decision making, and meet other fascinating League members.
Want to volunteer? You can either join a committee or raise your hand for one of the specific volunteer opportunities listed below. Once you find a volunteer opportunity that catches your interest, just email Program Manager to get started.
Short Term/ One Time Volunteer Opportunities
Pros & Cons Guide
What It Is:
LWVSF provides non-partisan, objective information about local ballot measures in our Pros/Cons Guide. Each guide is a compilation of publicly-filed ballot arguments, news articles, interviews with various advocates, and online research. The Guides do not represent the opinions of the League of Women Voters San Francisco or the Voter Services Committee.
What You Can Do:
Are you interested in getting published? Do you love research and analysis? Then our Pros/Cons team needs your help! You can sign up to analyze as many measures as you’d like. You’ll be working both individually, and as a team, to produce the best content possible.
The Pros and Cons Guide is written in late August and early September. The time commitment during these months is flexible, depending on the number of ballot measures you agree to analyze.
What It is:
Organizations throughout San Francisco come to us to provide knowledgeable speakers to explain the upcoming ballot. Presentations are unbiased and present opposing points of view on issues; they are designed to give voters the information they need to make informed decisions.
What Can You Do:
Volunteer to be a speaker! We are looking for people who are knowledgeable about the upcoming election (or are willing to get informed) to be trained as Speaker Bureau volunteers.
The Speaker’s Bureau program runs from late August until the election. The time commitment is flexible, as you may decide how many speaking engagements you’re able to commit to. However, volunteers must be willing and able to put in the time to be trained.
If you’re interested in getting involved, we highly recommend you also volunteer with the Pros/Cons team, as it will provide a great opportunity to learn about the ballot. Interested volunteers can get more information by emailing our office at firstname.lastname@example.org or calling (415) 989-8683.
Current Education Study
What it is:
Leagues at every level take positions based on study and consensus among members. The League uses these positions to advocate for public policy changes.
What You Can Do:
Contribute research to a study and help with the consensus process. See our studies page for more details.
Interested volunteers should email Beate Boultinghouse at email@example.com.
What they are:
LWVSF organizes several candidate forums before each election, to provide our community with an opportunity to hear the candidates’ positions, and ask questions.
What Can You Do:
We need many event volunteers for the forums to usher guests to their seats, collect questions from the audience, vet questions for bias, and keep time.
This is a great opportunity for someone who is looking for a short term commitment, as the forums only last about four hours (prep-close).
Interested volunteers should email Leah Edwards at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pros & Cons Discussions and Candidate Statements
What they are:
Before every election, LWVSF partners with SFGOVTV to produce both Candidate Statements and Pros/Cons Discussions. Candidate Statements provide all candidates with an opportunity to introduce themselves to San Franciscan voters. By providing all candidates with professional, televised statements, we help minimize the influence of money in politics. For the Pros/Cons Discussions, we invite a pro and con speaker for each ballot measure and lead moderated discussions.
What Can You Do:
Volunteers are needed to help guide candidates and speakers from the public spaces in the library, to the studio.
Both Candidate Statements and Pros/Cons Discussions are recorded over two days in September. Volunteers thus have four days to choose from, and can sign up for as many days as they’d like.
Anyone interested in assisting during recording days can email TV Productions Chair, Shauna Lawhorne, at email@example.com.
Voter Services Volunteers
Most of the work by the Voter Services Committee needs to happen in the months leading up to each election. Your help is especially needed now through the November 2014 election. Volunteers are also needed throughout the year.
- Help organize the televised Candidate Statements by engaging the candidates and coordinating with our TV partners.
- Speak to different community groups about the local ballot measures through our Speakers Bureau program.
- Help develop the Pros & Cons Guide by researching ballot initiatives and summarizing arguments both in favor and against the measures.
- Update our Smart Voter website by uploading our Pro & Con analysis and promoting candidate participation.
- Build Voter’s Edge, a comprehensive, one-stop, online source for nonpartisan voting information for the 2016 primary election.
Throughout the year:
- Organize and/or participate in voter registration drives with local schools, special events, and community groups.
Please note that all Voter Services projects are completely non-partisan and volunteers are required to respect the standards in place that ensure we provide the community with non-partisan, unbiased information.
The Membership Committee is looking for year-round volunteers to help create cutting-edge member events and to provide members with meaningful ways to contribute to our community.
- Organize membership events, from Happy Hours to Forums—and we’re open to your suggestions!
- Help organize Membership Drives in different parts of our community.
- Outreach to members to inform them of expiring memberships and urge them to renew.
- Help build our Mentorship Program.
The Communications Committee has its hands in all aspects of our organization. From spreading the word about upcoming events to producing articles for the website, the committee is always busy and ready for new volunteers like you.
- Help produce our monthly newsletter, which goes out to over 600 individuals in our Community.
- Write non-partisan articles for our website, helping our members stay educated and informed.
- Help manage our social media network, including on Facebook and Twitter.
- Update our website with content produced by our different committees and Board members.
Are you an organizing wizard? Do you love making things more efficient and streamlined? Then our Program Manager would love your help!
Help prepare our member outreach mailings, and keep the League headquarters organized by filing documents, shredding confidential material, and much more.