Volunteer

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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.

Voter Registration | Observer Corps | Events Planning
League Connector | Communications | Committee Involvement

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 Education and Registration

LWV Chicago provides the following services to facilitate participation in the voting process:

Deputy Voter Registrar Training

We sponsor DVR training for League members. DVR training dates can be found on our calendar. Contact the Voter Service Chair Helene Gabelnick at league [at] lwvchicago.org for additional information.

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 Voter Service Chair Helene Gabelnick at league [at] lwvchicago.orgIf you are a trained Deputy Voter Regisrar, you can also sign up to volunteer at upcoming registration drives here.

Several LWV Chicago members are taking the lead in four types of locations around the city. Contact the individuals noted at league [at] lwvchicago.org to get involved in these specific projects.

  • High schools - Pat Wilder
  • City colleges - Laura Ring
  • Retirement communities - Melanie Norstrom
  • Public libraries - Nancy Martin

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

  • July 15
  • August 12
  • September 9

Fill out this Cook County Jail Project form to sign up. You may also contact Julie Shelton at league [at] lwvchicago.org for more details on jail visit training and how to sign up.

Moderator Services

The League of Women Voters trains volunteers to moderate candidate forums and debates. If you are interested in moderating an event or asking League members to moderate your event, please contact the Voter Service Chair Helene Gabelnick at league [at] lwvchicago.org.

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.

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. 

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 ().

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, please fill out and submit this form.

We could use people who are interested and/or skilled in the following areas:

  • Writing, editing
  • Taking photos, video
  • Facebook, Twitter, Instagram
  • Graphic design
  • Website maintenance
  • Email (We use MailChimp)

Committee InvolvementBack to top

LWV Chicago has several committees that meet on a regular basis—click here to see a complete list. Committee activities range from periodic event planning to coordinating advocacy efforts on League positions to assisting with League administration activities. 

Depending on your availability, you can simply attend regular meetings to lend your input and guidance, or you can lead or assist on project tasks during the month.

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.