Over 100 people attended our Second Annual Statewide Training and Volunteer Celebration this past weekend. It was amazing to have volunteers from every region of the state and every level of experience in the same room. From seasoned Community Organizers to first timers, folks from all across the Commonwealth were able to share challenges and best practices. I was personally inspired by every single person there including Tatiana, who came straight from an overnight double shift at work and stayed all day, and Doc, who would like to use his sign-language skills to help empower and include more potential voters and volunteers.
We were excited to be joined by Governor Tim Kaine, who gave a rousing talk and answered volunteer questions. Dave Mills, the Executive Director of the Democratic Party of Virginia also stopped by and led a great discussion about 2011 priorities in Virginia. Sessions on volunteer recruitment and retention strategies, holding successful events, messaging, digital strategy, and earned media were led by both staff and volunteer leaders with tracks for both new and experienced folks. We even included a one to one meeting blitz, so new volunteers could get to know the organizers in their area personally!
The day was capped off with a celebration honoring the work of our dedicated volunteer leaders. Many thanks go to the volunteers who helped make the day a success, from handling logistics and cooking food, to leading breakout sessions, as well as all of the attendees for leaning in and making it an incredible day that will prepare us for a robust summer of organizing!
Here’s a what a few attendees had to say about the day:
“The training was excellent. It really reinforced our strategy of empowering volunteers and building grassroots teams.” - Maurice from Norfolk
“We have some great ideas coming out of the training related to youth organizing!” – Toora from Centreville
“The opening session in which we each told our stories of why were there was inspiring. “ – Kip from Arlington
“It was truly amazing to see so many people from different backgrounds feeling strongly like me about the cause. Cancer survivors, Latinos, first- time voters, people who have been voting since 1955, also young college kids, high school kids, union people and even a Police Chief.” – Maurice from Sterling
“I’m just so excited to get started now!” – Tatiana from Petersburg