More Volunteers Than We Know What To Do With!

More Volunteers Than We Know What To Do With!

--Lee Mercer, HCAO Mobilization Committee Chair

   MVHCA Coordinates Volunteers in the July 4th Parade

   MVHCA Coordinates Volunteers in the July 4th Parade

Health Care for All-Oregon has a great problem. We have almost more new volunteers than we know what to do with! And we need to learn to engage these hundreds of new and long-time supporters statewide in the fight for universal publicly funded health care.

Largely due to efforts by Congress to roll back the Affordable Care Act with bills that would knock tens of millions of Americans off their health care, more and more Oregonians are responding to the need for Improved and Expanded Medicare for All.

This means more folks are signing the Statement of Support on our website and filling out our Want to Get Involved With HCAO Volunteer Skills Assessment Form. If you are a supporter and haven’t filled out this form, you should Click Here to do so now.

But the challenge we are having is how to get all these new volunteers trained and engaged to build the single payer movement. How do we get more folks to work house parties, tabling at street fairs and farmers markets, film screenings and speaking events, etc? The good news is we are currently beginning to streamline this process.

Jana Gregory, in Portland, is acting as HCAO State Volunteer Coordinator. When a new volunteer fills out the Volunteer form, their information is added directly to the HCAO database and Jana gets an e-mail. Jana then contacts the nearest Chapter/Area Contact or Volunteer Coordinator to where the new volunteer lives. The list of current Chapter Contacts can be found on the Local Chapters page under About Us on the HCAO webpage.

But to continue fleshing out this statewide volunteer network, we need more designated Volunteer Coordinators in chapters and areas around the state. If you have experience as a volunteer coordinator, contact Jana Gregory at (971) 235-3456 or by e-mail, or e-mail the Chapter or Area Contact on the Local Chapters page.

On Tuesday, Sept 5, we will be doing a Statewide Volunteer Engagement and Coordination Conference Call at 5-6 pm as part of our monthly Mobilization Committee efforts. Jana Gregory, Statewide Volunteer Coordinator, and Betty Johnson, Volunteer Coordinator with MidValley Health Care Advocates, will be on the call and discuss best practices in recruiting, engaging and coordinating volunteers. If you would be interested in participating in this call and learning more about our volunteer coordination, contact Lee Mercer. You can also contact Lee if you would like to join the Mobilization Committee, in charge of organizing local chapters and other work to gather the many resources and people we will need to win universal health care in Oregon.

Thanks again for your support of Health Care For All-Oregon. Everybody In; Nobody Out!
--Lee