UpRise can help volunteers, electoral campaigns and advocacy organizations turn person-to-person outreach into something genuinely powerful.
By building a community of volunteers that lasts from campaign to campaign, we help people develop skills over time and collect valuable information about the community, so each campaign can start where the last one ended instead of starting at square one.
There are 4 critical ways supporters can help election and advocacy campaigns:
Direct Outreach and Visibility
With UpRise, you can engage people in traditional canvassing and phoning operations, as well as outreach that makes use of people’s organic connections in the community and taps into their interests and social lives.
Campaigns need people who are comfortable chatting with folks in public, handing stuff out and going out and getting attention. They need people to reach out to their neighbors, host coffees in their homes, or speak in front of groups. If people don’t like talking to strangers, they can help distribute materials and put up signs.
House Parties ♦ Street Teams ♦ Parent Networks ♦ Lawn Signs ♦ Posters ♦ Postcards ♦ Art Squads ♦ Letters to the Editor ♦ Tabling ♦ Voter Registration ♦ Pop-Up Campaign Offices ♦ Selfie Stations ♦ Whistle-Stop Tours ♦ Barbershop and Salon Outreach ♦ Media Corps ♦ Campus Outreach ♦ Special Events Teams ♦ Sports Outreach ♦ Social Life Outreach ♦ Local Advertising ♦ Mobile Billboards ♦ Neighbor to Neighbor ♦ Food Events ♦ and more…
Campaigns need people willing to take responsibility for small but important parts of the campaign (or large ones) and people with professional or advanced amateur skills. Building up their volunteer campaign “staff” is critical to the ability to scale up.
Campaigns are searching for opportunities to reach out into the community and need a lot of information about where people go and what is happening. Everybody can participate in gathering information, even supporters who don’t consider themselves “volunteers”.
Campaigns need everyone to be on message every day, and that means keeping people in the loop on their message strategy. Even if people can’t do anything else, they should sign up to receive talking points so they can use them when talking to others.