What We Do

What We Do

The League is different from many organizations in that what it accomplishes comes directly from the involvement of its members. It is a grassroots organization providing every member with opportunities to learn and educate others about government, and take action on public policy. We walk our talk: we believe that we need everyone to participate in order for our community to be strong, safe and vibrant. Whether you contribute your time, your money, or both you can feel confident that your investment in democracy goes further in the League.

Groups of League members meet to discuss topics in a respectful setting. They learn effective techniques for public discussion, how to advocate on specific policies, and what the issues beneath the rhetoric are. Our study and consensus process ensures that we are fully informed on issues before we take a stand. We also host public forums and debates which are well known for being fair, transparent and civil. This approach has earned the League a global reputation for integrity and thoroughness.

Your participation in League will expose you to a breadth of experiences and issues that will not only inform you but create greater possibilities for civic engagement than you might imagine. You can spend as much or as little time as you wish. Whether you aspire to leadership or are keen to follow the lead of experienced members, the League will excite, use, and nurture your civic curiosity, ideals, or desire for action. We offer our members webinars, conference calls, workshops, other events and mentorship opportunities throughout the year, at the local, regional, state and national levels.

 

Voter Education

We make voting easier through varied voter education programs.

The League of Women Voters Education Fund conducts voter service and education activities. It is a nonpartisan nonprofit public policy educational organization, which: 

  • Builds participation in the democratic process.
  • Studies key community issues at all government levels in an unbiased manner.
  • Enables people to seek positive solutions to public policy issues through education and conflict management.

Donations to the Education Fund, a 501(c)(3)corporation, are fully tax-deductible where allowed by law.

 

Action and Advocacy

We are truly a grassroots organization...

The League of Women Voters takes action on an issue or advocates for a cause when there is an existing League position that supports the issue or speaks to the cause. 

Positions result from a process of study. Any given study, whether it be National, State, or Local, is thorough in its pursuit of facts and details. As the study progresses, a continuing discussion of pros and cons of each situation occurs. Prior to the results of the study being presented to the general membership, study committee members fashion consensus questions that are then addressed by the membership. 

Additional discussion, pro and con, takes place as members (not part of the study committee) learn the scope of the study. After the members reach consensus, the board forms positions based on that consensus. 

It is the consensus statement -- the statement resulting from the consensus questions -- that becomes a position. Firm action or advocacy can then be taken on the particular issue addressed by the position. Without a position, action/advocacy cannot be taken.

 

Monthly Membership Meetings

PURPOSE:

  • Learn and discuss policy issues
  • Consensus on local, state and national position proposals
  • Biennial program planning for state and national and annual planning for local program

The date and location, as well as the topic for discussion, are listed in the monthly VOTER newsletter and on the Meetings page. Contact information is also provided.

The Tarrant County League has placed an emphasis on program and advocacy in the past few years, and we would like to build up our attendance at Unit meetings in order to support these efforts. We are willing to try new locations and times as a need arises. If you have suggestions, please contact our League office.

We have four geographical "Units" that meet once a month:

  • The Arlington Area Unit meets in the evening of the 3rd Monday in central Arlington
  • The Mid-Cities Unit meets in the evening of the 3rd Tuesday on the east side of Fort Worth
  • The Thursday Lunch Unit meets at Trinity Terrace at noon on the 3rd Thursday
  • The Southwest Unit meets in the evening of the 3rd Thursday in southwest Fort Worth.