Trainer/organizer checklist

Here is a rough checklist for the few weeks before the canvass:

  • One month prior
    • Find a debrief host and trainer
    • Once host and trainer can agree on a date/time, reserve a room for training
  • Three weeks prior
    • Create announcement. The announcement should include:
      • Neighborhood you are canvassing
      • Street address of training.
      • Approximate timeline. Example:
        • Noon-2pm: Training at Tippecanoe Library
        • 2pm-3:30: Canvassing in Bayview
        • 3:30: Final Door Knock
        • 4pm-4:30: Post-Canvas Debrief
      • Free pizza for the debrief
      • Emphasize how important the debrief is–we will talk about what we learned and strategize for next time
      • “Here is a checklist to help you get the most out of the canvasser training: http://singlepayer.dsawi.org/join/
      • Request an RSVP by email. Note that an RSVP is appreciated but NOT required. An RSVP helps to ensure there are enough training materials and pizza for everyone.
    • Send the announcement to info (at) singlepayer.dsawi.org and we will post it
    • Share the announcement with local DSA, PNHP, OWR, etc, organizations. Request that the event be shared with next organization email and promoted on organization social media.
    • Tell your friends/neighbors. Promote on your own social media
  • Two weeks prior
    • Send an email to info (at) singlepayer.dsawi.org and we will email the announcement to everyone in your area who wants to volunteer. We keep a list of all volunteers. To protect people’s privacy, we won’t release these emails to you, so double check with us to make sure this email gets sent out.
  • One week prior
    • Email everyone who RSVP’ed. Introduce yourself, tell them they’re going to do great, and provide a link to the join us page (ie, “Here is a checklist to help you get the most out of the canvasser training: http://singlepayer.dsawi.org/join/ “)
    • Double check with the host. Here is the host checklist
  • After the canvass
    • Hopefully, you and the other canvassers got lots of emails! Send these emails in two lists to info (at) singlepayer.dsawi.org:
      • The first list should be everyone who put an X indicating they want to volunteer
        • These people will receive email announcements of any volunteer opportunities in their area, including future canvasses.
      • The second list should be everyone who did not put an X indicating they want to volunteer
        • Both lists will receive email announcements of important single payer developments.
      • If people indicated interest in an organization, connect them with that organization.