Gathering the People and Resources to Win!
--Lee Mercer, Mobilization Committee Chair
The Your Dictionary definition of Mobilization is “the process of making something capable of movement, or to have people and resources ready to move or act.” Our ongoing task in the Mobilization Committee is to help provide the support and infrastructure to gather people and resources to support HCAO’s mission of creating universal publicly funded health care in Oregon by passing a ballot measure in 2020.
Growing our database from 23,000 to 80,000 supporters takes a lot of people with a lot of clipboards at a lot of events around the state, day in and day out. We need about 900 new folks signing our Statement of Support a month. That works out to 30 a day.
So how do we get more volunteers recruited, trained and engaged to build this clipboard driven single payer movement? How do we get more folks to work house parties, farmers markets, film screenings, etc? The good news is we are currently beginning to streamline this process.
Jana Gregory, in Portland, is acting as HCAO Statewide Volunteer Coordinator. Thanks to her and Linda Alband’s work, to volunteer for HCAO, or to direct volunteers to sign up, you can now use the Volunteer (Secure) link under Take Action on the HCAO webpage.
By filling out this Volunteer (Secure) form, your information is added directly to the HCAO database and Jana gets an e-mail. Jana will then contact the nearest Chapter Contact or Chapter 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. If you have any questions about the volunteer program, contact Jana Gregory by phone at (971) 235-3456 or by email.
Speaking of volunteer coordinators, we are looking for more individuals to serve as chapter or regional volunteer coordinators around the state. If interested in filling this role, contact your local chapter through links on the Local Chapters page. This page will be updated shortly and regularly with additional statewide contacts. We will also soon be doing a statewide training for volunteer coordinators in chapters around the state.
Finally, in the theme of streamlining our Mobilization, did you know you can skip over signing up on a clipboard by filling out the Statement of Support on the HCAO website? Filling this out sends a new supporter’s information directly into our database, saving the labor of data entry. HCAO folks doing tabling should begin experimenting with having folks fill out their HCAO Statement of Support directly online on a tablet, I-pad or laptop.
But in the meantime, thanks to all the hardworking volunteers statewide who are out signing on supporters, day in and day out, mobilizing towards victory for universal health care in 2020.