Volunteer

Volunteers are essential to the League of Women Voters. Without volunteers, we would not be able to fulfill our mission. Here are some of our current volunteer opportunities.

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Voter Registration | Events and Programs | League Connecter | Adopt a Beach 
LWVUS Convention
 | Observer Corps | Committee Involvement | Communications

If you don't see an exact fit for what you are looking for, reach out to league [at] lwvchicago.org. We'll try to match your interests with one of our committees or upcoming events.

Voter Registration Opportunities

Coordinate Registration Drives

LWV Chicago is coordinating registration drives leading up to the November 2018 election. If you would like to get involved with planning or working a drive, contact Helene Gabelnick, Voter Service Chair, at league [at] lwvchicago.org

Several LWV members are taking the lead in four types of locations around the city. Contact the individuals noted to get involved in these specific projects (you can also email league [at] lwvchicago.org to get more information).

  • high schools - Pat Wilder
  • city colleges - Laura Ring
  • retirement communities - Melanie Norstrom
  • public libraries - Nancy Martin

Cook County Jail Voter Registration DrivesBack to top

LWV Chicago is partnering with Chicago Votes to register eligible voters at Cook County Jail. Voting drives will be held on Sundays from 3-6 pm, unless time is otherwise noted.

  • May 13
  • June 10
  • July 15
  • August 12
  • September 9

What you can do: If you are a deputy voter registrar, you can sign up for one or more Sunday shifts. There are multiple buildings at the facility; the more volunteers available the more individuals registered!

Time Commitment: 3 hours per shift

Next Steps: 

  1. Fill out this Cook County Jail Project form
  2. Become a Deputy Registrar (If you already are, great! If not, check the LWV Chicago calendar. The League regularly sponsors training!)
  3. Attend Cook County Jail Training 101 (Details provided in above form)

You may also contact Julie Shelton at league [at] lwvchicago.org for more details on jail visit training and how to sign up.

Develop Events and ProgramsBack to top

We’ve had a successful beginning for our ongoing Drinks and Dialogue program, and now we need some people who will work toward making this a regular part of the LWV agenda. This group could also decide to work on having additional events. 

Drinks and Dialogue is a series of programs, usually held in a restaurant or bar where they offer private or semi-private space, where we have a specific topic and speaker who presents a 20 minute program and then invites discussion. Attendees usually buy a drink, and we have ordered an appetizer to share. Venues could be anywhere in the city, and should move to different areas of the city to encourage attendance from members and friends all over the city. In the past, timing on this has been 5:30 - 7 p.m., but that could also be subject to change.

If you are interested in this group, please contact Pat Graunke at ​league [at] lwvchicago.org.

Become a League ConnectorBack to top

Connectors reach out to new members, invite them to upcoming events, and acquaint them with neighborhood Units, committees, and other League activities. The League Connector program is a great opportunity to meet people and learn more about the League. New members would be helpful on this new team, as they know what worked or did not work for them. 

  • Welcome new members to the League
  • Help them learn about the League’s mission, values, and goals
  • Invite them to upcoming events
  • Acquaint them with League operations, including committees and neighborhood Units
  • Match their skills and interests to League activities
  • Encourage them to follow the League on social media
  • Lead them to more information about the League and its work

A League Connector will:

  • Reach out to a new member in a timely fashion—within the first month of the date the new member joined
  • Plan to meet with the new member, either in person or by phone
  • Commit to making at least one Connection with new members each month
  • Serve as a link between new members and the Membership Committee

Who can be a League Connector?

  • Any member who is comfortable discussing League programs and activities—length of time as an LWV Chicago member is not important
  • Any member who has attended and is familiar, or wants to become familiar, with League activities such as Unit meetings, Committee meetings, Briefings, and Chicago in Focus events
  • A Connector does not have to be an expert on everything, but she should have an idea of how to Connect a new member with League opportunities based on their interest and skills

If you are interested in this group, please contact Pat Graunke at ​league [at] lwvchicago.org.

Adopt a BeachBack to top

Make a difference for the health of the Great Lakes! Join LWV Chicago for a fun morning cleaning up at the 57th Street Beach on June 24 from 9-11 a.m. Volunteers will work in groups of 2-4 and, in addition to collecting trash, will collect data that may help develop solutions to pollution problems. Instructions and necessary equipment will be provided. Bring a sun hat and sun block. RSVP to Pat Graunke at league [at] lwvchicago.org.

LWVUS ConventionBack to top

We are looking for some volunteers to help with the LWVUS Convention, to be held June 28 - July 1, 2018 at the Hilton Chicago. There are a variety of jobs and time slots, so take a look and sign up for what you'd enjoy best. As a volunteer, you are welcome to attend any plenary sessions being held on the day you are volunteering.

Observer CorpsBack to top

LWV Chicago is always looking for volunteers to attend government meetings as part of our Observer Corps program. Find out more details and contact information on our Observer Corps page.

Committee InvolvementBack to top

LWV Chicago has several committees that meet on a regular basis. Committees can be for League advocacy and administration tasks.

What you can do:

  • Attend regular meetings - give input and guidance
  • Lead or assist project tasks during the month.

Activities can range from periodic event planning, coordinate advocacy efforts on League positions, or assisting with League administration activities.

Time Commitment: 1-2 hrs a month for meetings. Task timeframes will vary.

Next Steps: Attend an upcoming LWV Chicago committee meeting to learn more about committee tasks and volunteer opportunities. Check our calendar for upcoming meetings. RSVP or send additional questions to league [at] lwvchicago.org.

CommunicationsBack to top

There are several opportunities to help our Communications team reach current and prospective members. To express interest or find out more information, contact Cathy Potkay at league [at] lwvchicago.org.

Website Maintenance

LWV Chicago is updating its website; it's a perfect time to get involved!

  • Site maintenance - calendar & events pages
  • Post current news content
  • Implement new features

Social Media Strategists

Are you social media savvy? Join the League's social media team to help with content and strategy for social media outreach on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

News Updates

Help LWV Chicago get important announcements out to members and prospective members. Expertise or willingness to learn MailChimp is a plus.

  • The Chicago Voter (monthly newsletter)
  • Time for Action alerts to members
  • Event and news updates

Videographer for LWV Events

Help LWV Chicago record video of key meetings and activities for website and social media use.

  • Record briefings and special events