Although we are primarily an online organization, one of our goals is to use our online networks to bring neighbors together in-person. We see ourselves as a “virtual icebreaker.” This volunteer organizes in-person events for forum members to get together, have fun, build community, and engage in local conversations. Forum potlucks and picnics are a great way to build forum engagement and increased neighborliness online.
Based on your skills, interests, and the unique needs of your local forum, the specific volunteer responsibilities are flexible and will be agreed to in advance.
Organize 1-3 events per year for forum members to attend, including forum potlucks, happy hours, etc.
Set event dates in advance and use a variety of means to promote them
Host events in a forum member’s home or welcoming local community spaces
Organize using no or minimal funds, or request donations from forum members and/or local businesses to support events
Manage communication for events, RSVPs if needed, and openly communicate needs to the E-Democracy Volunteer Coordinator
Respectful of the different cultural backgrounds in the neighborhood when planning events
Encourages forum sign ups and donations to support further inclusive outreach at events
Live, work, or have a direct connection to the geographic area served by the forum
Good with people, friendly disposition, patient, and a good listener
Tolerant of different perspectives with a commitment to promoting civility in online public spaces
Values the importance of being in a welcoming community and understands community building is a process
Willing to seek out and support diverse voices to increase public participation (people who are viewed as strong local political partisans are usually not a good fit)
Interested in building community using a variety of tools
Excellent verbal and written communication skills
Very organized and comfortable requesting donations
Respectful and comfortable communicating with neighbors from a variety of backgrounds, experiences, etc.
Able to work independently with minimal supervision
Monthly volunteer check-ins
Technical support via our easy-to-use website and E-Democracy staff as needed
Peer-to-peer support via an internal online space with volunteers from other communities
Planning sessions via phone with your supervisor
Volunteer supervisor is available at any time for support
Knowledge, Skills, and Experience You Can Gain
Build amazing connections among neighbors and community members that benefit your community
Learn important skills around online facilitation and inclusive community engagement
Join a supportive network of dozens of E-Democracy’s online community forums that promote the civic mission and are guided by an effective rules framework developed over more than 15 years of experience
Additional learning opportunities will be provided by E-Democracy throughout the year, and will be offered in gratitude for your volunteer service
We will freely share other learning opportunities or events offered by our partners
Invitations to get-togethers with the E-Democracy community
Support community building while staying in your community
Letters of reference when requested