Nuts & Bolts: A guide to Democratic campaigns—be thankful for your volunteers

Nuts & Bolts: A guide to Democratic campaigns—be thankful for your volunteers

Welcome back, Saturday Campaign D.I.Y.ers! For those who tune in, welcome to the Nuts & Bolts of a Democratic campaign. Each week we discuss issues that help drive successful campaigns. If you’ve missed prior diaries, please visit our group or follow Nuts & Bolts Guide. This series has been focused on how to build and develop campaigns and successful activism efforts.

It’s Thanksgiving weekend and many of us take this time to think about what we are thankful for in our lives. Our friends and family are certainly worth celebrating, but this Thanksgiving is also a perfect time for us to think about how we celebrate and honor our volunteer workers within the party. Whether your volunteers carried a clipboard or worked as a state chair for free, volunteers within our party do a lot of work and often aren’t appreciated. This week, let’s talk about how we can show some thanks to the people on the ground who keep our party going day to day.

Political parties are built not through slick ads or really hot memes, but often by the direct communication of one person to another. People make a choice to volunteer their time to the party, whether it is one Saturday for an entire election or every day from summer to election day. At some point, they chose to prioritize work for their community, and they did it because they hoped to make a change for the better. What kind of rewards does your local Democratic Party provide them for their hard efforts?

Above, in Kansas, a State Senate District Leader, Brian Koon, distributes award certificates and small prizes to the volunteers who knocked on doors on behalf of candidates in 2017. Keeping a strong volunteer base going is built on three components: Recognition, Respect and Reward. So, while we are all still thinking about Thanksgiving Turkey, let’s talk about how to accomplish those three things for our volunteers.

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