OUR CIVIC ENGAGEMENT WORK

Our mission here at DC Vote is fueled by the residents of this great city. Whether we are seeking to change people's hearts and minds about the democratic injustice we live under, or fighting off lawmakers that take advantage of the antiquated constitutional oversight by meddling in our affairs, the truth is... we are powerful when we reach common ground, band together, and lift our voices collectively.

DC Vote has been proud to gain citizen's trust and support in leading advocacy efforts. But, if we are going to get to the next level in this movement, we must strengthen our local democracy and make it more equitable by soliciting the participation of every resident, lifting every voice possible. With that goal in mind, we take great pride in our civic engagement work. Here are a few featured programs:

NEIGHBORHOOD CANVASS

We partner with Base Builder on a door-to-door canvass in every ward of Washington, DC to raise awareness and funds for equality for DC. This outreach effort gives us a unique and timely opportunity to hear residents' dismay with congressional oversight and desire for full equality for the residents that live here. These front porch conversations prompt many people to re-commit their time and resources to the mission of DC Vote. Learn more about our neighborhood canvass here.

STREET TEAMS

Thanks to student volunteers from area universities, we are able to raise awareness and recruit new supporters during weekly community events.  Our Student Street Teams can be seen at neighborhood farmer's markets, community festivals, shopping centers and Metro stops. If you see a team at your local farmer's market, be sure to stop and say hello!

If you or someone you know is interested in volunteering in a Street Team, reach out to Barbara Helmick at bhelmick@dcvote.org or 202-462-6000 ext. 121.

TALKING TRANSITION DC

We've teamed up with DC Working Families, National Institute for Civil Discourse, and the Urban Institute on an innovative civic engagement, policy, and grassroots initiative that transforms the typically insular, closed-door process that occurs between administrations into an opportunity for broad civil discourse – and ultimately a stronger, more equitable democracy. Learn more about Talking Transition DC here.

VOTER REGISTRATION

We partner with Rock the Vote and the DC Board of Elections to both educate and register potential voters across the country. Learn more about our voter programs here.

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