Making Democracy Work

Opportunities

Let's Get Involved!

We invite all members to be as fully involved and as active as you want. Whether new to the League or an experienced old hand, you can join us in different ways.

We are so passionate about creating an engaged community that we have created dedicated working committees that also promise you'll have some fun!

Voter Service

Naturalization ceremonies (contact Peg: peg.balano@gmail.com )
  • Activities: register new citizens to vote, follow up prior to elections
  • Time frame: year-round; twice a month; 2-3-hour commitment
  • Location: at various locations
  • Skills: friendly, curious, interest in people
  • Training: training provided on completing voter registration form and follow-up

Voter registration drives (contact Barbara: kaufman.barb@gmail.com)
  • Activities: Register individuals to vote, follow up prior to elections
  • Time frame: spring and fall
  • Location: high schools, colleges, senior centers, farmers markets
  • Skills: friendly, curious, interest in people
  • Training: training provided on completing voter registration form and follow-up

Voter outreach (contact Maria: mariacushing5@yahoo.com)
  • Activities: reach out to areas where there are low voter registration/voting rates to hold community conversations about barriers to participation in elections
  • Time frame: late fall
  • Location: TBD
  • Skills: respectful facilitation, note-taking, forming partnerships
  • Training: LWVPA facilitation training programs

Voter Guides in collaboration with LVWME (contact Peg: peg.balano@gmail.com)
  • Activity: assist project manager, data-gathering, and distribution
  • Time frame: election years for state and national offices
  • Location: statewide
  • Skills: attention to detail, good computer skills, good phone manner
  • Training: training provided for use of relevant computer programs

Advocacy on League Issues

Join the League Lobby Corps (contact Polly: polly.ward@gmail.com)
  • Activities: observe and report on local government sessions on issues of interest to the LWV; attend Senate and House sessions in Augusta to support or oppose legislation; write a blog post for "Under the Dome" from LWVME.
  • Time frame: as needed throughout the year, particularly active during Maine Legislative session
  • Location: primarily Augusta; planning phone calls weekly
  • Skills: research, public speaking
  • Training: ongoing mentoring

Book Club and League Studies

(contact Barbara: kaufman.barb@gmail.com)
  • Activities: Book Club book selection, nonfiction book discussions in collaboration with Portland Public Library and other organizations; League Studies: organize study materials, act as liaison with state study leaders. 2017-18 - Primaries. 2018-19 - Citizen Initiatives
  • Time frame: varies
  • Location: Portland Public Library and other spaces TBD
  • Skills: facilitation, interest in nonfiction literature, interest in study topics, ability to communicate with members about logistics
  • Training: mentoring from chair of committees

Community Conversations

(contact Tiffany: tiffgreco@gmail.com; Anne: abschink@gwi.net)
  • Activities: facilitate discussions on important community issues
  • Time frame: flexible
  • Location: Portland area and statewide
  • Skills: communication and interest in working with groups
  • Training sessions: one to two per year.

Membership Committee

Help us grow! (contact Elaine: elainedigi@icloud.com; Carol: cbcarpetner@stny.rr.com)
  • Activities: Help plan and attend events to meet and greet prospective new members. Maintain connections with current members
  • Time frame: ongoing
  • Location: Portland Area venues
  • Skills: friendly, outgoing, organized, hopefully savvy with databases, social media
  • Training: Mentoring by chairs of committees

Communications Committee

(contact Valerie: kelly@msu.edu)
  • Activities: contribute to and/or edit LWVPA Newsletter; write articles for quarterly LWVME newsletter, THE MAINE VOTER; contribute to the state blog; participate in social medai sites.
  • Time frame: throughout the year
  • Location: mostly electronic
  • Skills: enjoy writing and/or editing; able to take pictures and organize them into Dropbox folders; knowledge of Vertical Response program a plus!
  • Training: provided on how to use program and expectations for written material and social media sites.