All in for NC Volunteer calls

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The All in for North Carolina (AINC) Volunteer calling program aims to reenergize prior NC volunteers for the upcoming midterm elections. The goal is to get them commit for phone banks and other actions. Automated emails are sent out for them to sign up for those actions.

Included in this Action Kit:

  • How to request calls
  • Guidance for filling out the AINC call form
  • Voicemail message to leave
  • A draft script / talking points when reaching out to volunteers
  • Sample emails sent out by the system
  • Information on Together We Elect and AINC
  • Information on Candidates of interest

A few tips:

  • Be thankful and smile – they can tell over the phone if you are doing that!
  • Use this script outline as a start. Make this your own and feel comfortable with your conversations.
  • If you want to make calls anonymously, directions on how to use Google Voice are here.

To make these calls, we ask that you have a Together We Elect account.


Campaign State: North Carolina
Action Type: Phoning
Coordinator: Gari Palmer
 

Request People to Call

1. Request Calls

  • Click here to request past volunteers to call.
  • Enter the email you use to log in to Together We Elect.
  • Select the number of calls you would like to make.
  • Select the desired Timezone for your calls.
  • Click Submit

You will receive an email with links for each of the volunteers you would like to call.

Start by selecting one of the links, calling and filling out the form and then continuing through the list of people to call.

Note: You may request a list of people to call at any point during the week. Once a week on Sunday evening, we will reclaim (put back into the database) all the people you have been allocated who have not yet been called that prior week. That way, if you run out of time or something gets in the way (think life), your volunteers will get contacted when someone else submits a request to get a calling list.

 

Guidance for making Volunteer to Volunteer calls

1. Fill out the Volunteer Calling form

The past volunteers information should be fully filled out with their email, first and last name, phone number, and zip code. If any of this information is missing, it would be ideal to capture it when you talk to the person.

1. Call the past volunteer using your phone.

2. During your call, please fill out the following information.

3. Select one of the drop down options from the Call Response prompt:

  • Committed to an action or interested
  • Check back later
  • Not Interested/Already committed
  • Left Voicemail
  • No Answer
  • Disconnected, wrong number or deceased

4. If Check back later, please select the date for follow up

5. Activities of Interest – select one or more as appropriate

  • Participate in weekly All in for NC phone banking
  • Participate in Sister District/All in for NC phone banking
  • Friendly calls to past All in for NC volunteers
  • Attend +/or contribute to AINC/Sister District/ Candidates & Causes
  • 20 minute zoom session to find midterm actions

6. Place any notes in the ‘Call Notes’ section. 

7. Sending emails:

  • The system automatically sends all emails.
  • When you connect, emails are sent to the callee and to you the caller. If you leave a voicemail, the system sends an email to just the callee, not to you.
  • For people who committed to one or more actions, please select “1: Committed – Participate in something for AINC” as the email
  • If you left a voicemail, please select “2: Left Voicemail”
  • If you did not reach a person, select “3: No email”

8. Your first name and email should be populated on the form.

9. Hit the Submit button which enters the information into the database and sends the appropriate email.

 

 

2. Leave a voicemail

If there is no answer, you can leave a voicemail. This voicemail will be followed up with an email from the system to the person you are calling when you check “2: Left Voicemail” for the email to send.  The sample email is below. 

Here are some examples of what you might say – make this your own:

Hello {person’s name}, my name is [your name]. I am calling to thank you for your great volunteer work.  North Carolina has one of the best chances in the country to pick up a Democratic Senate seat!  Please volunteer to help Democrats win critical midterm elections up and down the ballot in North Carolina this year. We will be sending you an email with 5 actions you can take. 

OR

Hello {person’s name}, my name is [your name]. I am calling with All in for North Carolina {and Together we Elect} to thank you for your efforts in 2020.  North Carolina has one of the best chances in the country to pick up a Democratic Senate seat. There are key Congressional and state legislature races that Democrats can win with our help. Please help Democrats win critical mid-term elections in North Carolina.  You will receive an email with 5 actions you can take.  We look forward to having you help us save our democracy and win these key races in North Carolina.

 

 

3. Phone call script / talking points

When you connect with a person, use this script to guide your conversation. Be sure to be conversational and hit the highlights of this message. Your conversation will be followed up with an email from the system to the person you are calling when you check “1: Committed – Participate in something for AINC” as the email to be sent.  You will get a copy as well. The sample email is below. 

Here is a script for you to get the gist of what we want to communicate – make this your own:

Hi, is  [Volunteer Name] home? 

My name is [Your Name], I’m a volunteer with All In for North Carolina and Together We Elect. Thank you for your past volunteer work.  You can help us win the midterm elections this year. We have some exciting opportunities for you to make a difference. 

The North Carolina Primary is over and there are winnable seats for Democrats up and down the ballot.  One of the best chances in the country to pick up a US Senate seat is in North Carolina with former Chief Justice Cheri Beasley.  She is running against a Trump-endorsed election-denier, Ted Budd.  

We are recruiting volunteers for four different phone banks and a fundraiser, collaborating with partner groups in North Carolina and nationally.  These calls help campaigns win!   We give voters information about great candidates and provide guidance for local canvassers who will follow up at their doors.   Can you please help out at one of these?  If you can, we’ll send you an email with the link to sign up.

The phone bank options include:

  • Every Thursday from 5:45 – 8 pm we’re joining Neighbors on Call and County to County to make calls for top-tier state legislative candidates in North Carolina.  These candidates will bring out new voters to win for themselves and the statewide candidates.
  • We’re joining activists in North Carolina and other states to make calls to re-elect North Carolina State Senator Sydney Batch.  Senator Batch is a rising star, an African American  lawyer,social worker and mother.  Her re-election is critical to maintain  reproductive equity and justice in North Carolina, especially important since abortion is likely to be outlawed throughout the rest of the SouthThese phone banks happen four different times every week. We can send you an email with the dates and times to sign up.

[If they don’t want to call voters:] We also need people like you to call our past  volunteers from 2020 – just like I’m doing with you now!  These are calls to friendly, appreciative people who share your values and concerns.  We’re doing this for the next month or so.  Can I send you an email so you can sign up to help us  call our past  volunteers? 

OK, I hear that you don’t have much time. There are other ways to support including an upcoming fundraiser for State Senator Sydney Batch. She is a rising star and a key candidate. She’s speaking to us on Zoom Monday night, June 27 at 8 pm.  Would you attend and consider contributing to her campaign? 

{If yes, say:} Great, we’ll send you an email with the link to sign up.} {If they can’t attend, ask:}, Would you consider making a contribution to Senator Batch’s campaign?  We’ll send you the link in an email. 

{If they say that they don’t want to do any of these things, are not interested in North Carolina, or may want to volunteer to help Democrats in other states, say:}  Sure, I understand.  There are many other ways in which you can help to maintain control of the U.S. Senate and House.  We are offering 20-minute zoom sessions with trained people to help find actions that fit your schedule and your talents. If you are interested, we will send you an email with a link to sign up.   

The Close

[If they agreed to do any of the 5 asks]:  Great, thank you so much!  We’re delighted you want to re-join our team!  We will send you an email with a link to sign up..  Is _________ the best email for you?

[If they say no but are friendly or supportive:]  Thanks for talking with me.  I get it that you don’t have time to help now.  Could we contact you again over the summer and see if you might be able to help then or in the fall as the election approaches? [To everyone you speak with even if they say they are not interested:]  Thank you for picking up the phone and talking with me, I appreciate your time.  Have a good rest of your evening!

 

 

Emails sent out

1. Email sent out when caller connected with past volunteer

Dear {friend},

Thank you for speaking to {caller} from All In for North Carolina and Together We Elect.  We are so grateful that you have expressed interest in helping with the urgent work to save democracy and justice in North Carolina and in our nation!  Together, we can elect Democrats who stand for democracy, reproductive equity and an economy and government that works for all people.

Here are five ways you can help out.  Please sign up for the one (or more!) you are most interested in:

  1. Participate in a weekly All In for NC (AINC) phone bank for top-tier state legislative candidates in North Carolina, conducted jointly with two organizations in North Carolina, County to County and Neighbors on Call.  Every Thursday from 5:45 – 8 pm.  To sign up, or learn more, click here.
  2. Participate in a Sister District/All In for NC phone bank for North Carolina State Senator Sydney Batch, held every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday, times vary, all for 2 hours.  To sign up or learn more, click here.
  3. Help us call people who volunteered with  AINC in  2020.  These are all calls to prior volunteers to get them re-engaged – friendly, appreciative people who share our values and concerns. Thursdays June 9, 16, 23 and Monday June 13, all 6:30 – 8:30.  To sign up, click here.
  4. Attend and/or contribute to AINC/Sister District/Candidates & Causes/The Next 50 fundraiser for NC State Senator Sydney Batch, Monday evening, June 27, 8-9  pm. To sign up, click here.
  5. Connect with someone who can help find your best fit actions for the upcoming midterm elections.  If you’d like to help out in other states, or do other types of actions, an Action Coach can help you figure out how to do it. Sign up here for a 20 minute zoom session.

If you have questions or concerns, please call or email Mark Niedergang – contact info is below.  Thank you again for taking action to save our democracy and help Dems win in North Carolina.

We also want to share with you here below some information about why the outcome of the 2022 elections in North Carolina will be so hugely significant.

Democracy is on the Ballot in North Carolina in 2022 – the stakes can’t be higher.

  • Cheri Beasley, former NC Supreme Court chief justice, faces Trump-endorsed Congressman Ted Budd for the open NC US Senate seat – this seat could determine party control.  Justice Beasley, the winner of two statewide elections, lost in 2020 by just 401 votes out of 5.4 million.
  • If the US Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade, North Carolina will become the southernmost state in the Eastern US with legal abortion access.  Guaranteeing Democratic Gov. Cooper can veto abortion-restriction bills passed by the Republican legislature is critical to maintaining access. 
  • Two state senate seats and a handful of state house seats will profoundly impact the Governor’s veto power.  The senate seats are Districts 17, held by freshman Sen. Sydney Batch, and 18, where Mary Wills Bode, former chair of the NC Redistricting Commission, is the Democratic challenger.   Winning these legislative elections is critical to guaranteeing access to reproductive equity across the Southeast – North Carolina is the firewall!
  • Two of the four Democratic-held NC Supreme Court seats are up in 2022.  The Democrats have a 4-3 majority; this allowed  the Court  to throw out the legislature’s wildly gerrymandered Congressional and legislative maps, and replace them with fairer ones. These new maps mean Democrats could pick up one or two seats in the US House – critical for the majority.  Democracy is on the ballot in NC in 2022.

Sincerely,

Lisa Pedulla and Mark Niedergang (m.niedergang@comcast.net or (617) 629-8033)

for All In for North Carolina

 

 

2. Email sent out when leaving a voicemail

Dear {friend},

{Caller name} from All In for North Carolina and Together We Elect left you a voicemail message.  Thank you so much for the hours you committed in 2020 to help defeat President Trump and win control of the U.S. House and Senate for Democrats. Together, we can elect Democrats who stand for democracy, reproductive equity and an economy and government that works for all people in 2022. North Carolina is a key state for the future of our nation.

Here are five ways you can help out.  Please sign up for the one (or more!) you are most interested in:

  1. Participate in a weekly All In for NC (AINC) phone bank for top-tier state legislative candidates in North Carolina, conducted jointly with two organizations in North Carolina, County to County and Neighbors on Call.  Every Thursday from 5:45 – 8 pm.  To sign up, or learn more, click here.
  2. Participate in a Sister District/All In for NC phone bank for North Carolina State Senator Sydney Batch, held every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday, times vary, all for 2 hours.  To sign up or learn more, click here.
  3. Help us call people who volunteered with  AINC in  2020.  These are all calls to prior volunteers to get them re-engaged – friendly, appreciative people who share our values and concerns. Thursdays June 9, 16, 23 and Monday June 13, all 6:30 – 8:30.  To sign up, click here.
  4. Attend and/or contribute to AINC/Sister District/Candidates & Causes/The Next 50 fundraiser for NC State Senator Sydney Batch, Monday evening, June 27, 8-9  pm. To sign up, click here.
  5. Connect with someone who can help find your best fit actions for the upcoming midterm elections.  If you’d like to help out in other states, or do other types of actions, an Action Coach can help you figure out how to do it. Sign up here for a 20 minute zoom session.

If you have questions or concerns, please call or email Mark Niedergang – contact info is below.  Thank you again for taking action to save our democracy and help Dems win in North Carolina.

We also want to share with you here below some information about why the outcome of the 2022 elections in North Carolina will be so hugely significant.

Democracy is on the Ballot in North Carolina in 2022 – the stakes can’t be higher.

  • Cheri Beasley, former NC Supreme Court chief justice, faces Trump-endorsed Congressman Ted Budd for the open NC US Senate seat – this seat could determine party control.  Justice Beasley, the winner of two statewide elections, lost in 2020 by just 401 votes out of 5.4 million.
  • If the US Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade, North Carolina will become the southernmost state in the Eastern US with legal abortion access.  Guaranteeing Democratic Gov. Cooper can veto abortion-restriction bills passed by the Republican legislature is critical to maintaining access. 
  • Two state senate seats and a handful of state house seats will profoundly impact the Governor’s veto power.  The senate seats are Districts 17, held by freshman Sen. Sydney Batch, and 18, where Mary Wills Bode, former chair of the NC Redistricting Commission, is the Democratic challenger.   Winning these legislative elections is critical to guaranteeing access to reproductive equity across the Southeast – North Carolina is the firewall!
  • Two of the four Democratic-held NC Supreme Court seats are up in 2022.  The Democrats have a 4-3 majority; this allowed  the Court  to throw out the legislature’s wildly gerrymandered Congressional and legislative maps, and replace them with fairer ones. These new maps mean Democrats could pick up one or two seats in the US House – critical for the majority.  Democracy is on the ballot in NC in 2022.

Sincerely,

Lisa Pedulla and Mark Niedergang (m.niedergang@comcast.net or (617) 629-8033)

for All In for North Carolina

 

 

Together We Elect and All in for North Carolina descriptions

1. Together We Elect

TOGETHER WE ELECT engages, motivates, trains, and supports individuals and groups to take effective action to strengthen Democratic representation in the U.S. House and Senate in 2022. We promote events and volunteer opportunities offered by organizations such as Activate America, Force Multiplier, Movement Labs, Movement Voter Project, along with candidates and coordinated campaigns in swing districts and battleground states. Last year, operating as Together for 2020, we mobilized more than 10,000 volunteers to elect Biden/Harris, take the Senate, and hold onto the House. 

 

2. All in for North Carolina

About All In For North Carolina (AINC): https://swingbluealliance.org/northcarolina/. All In for North Carolina, founded in 2020, works with grassroots groups to help Democrats take back North Carolina from current Republican domination. In 2022, we are focused on: 

  • Flipping the open, currently Republican-held U.S. Senate seat.  Former NC Chief Justice Cheri Beasley, who has won two statewide elections, is running against Trump-anointed Congressman Ted Budd in one of the best chances for Democratic gains in the Senate.  
  • Preserving the Democratic Governor’s ability to veto anti-choice, anti-democratic legislation passed by the majority Republicans in the State Senate and House.  If the Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade, North Carolina will likely be  the only state where abortion is legal in the entire Southeastern U.S. 
  • Winning one or two close Congressional seats.  
  • Preserving the slim 4-3 Democratic majority on the State Supreme Court, the bulwark against Republican gerrymandering.  Two Democratic-held seats are up for re-election this year.
 

3. Neighbors on Call

About Neighbors on Call: https://www.neighborsoncall.org/. Neighbors on Call (NOC) is a strong community of progressives in North Carolina making strategic, effective activism the  new normal. NOC  focuses on electing Democrats to the NC General Assembly.  Founded in 2016, NOC is  organized into five chapters, including an Out-of-State chapter.

 

4. County to County

About County to County: https://countytocountync.org/. County-to-County (C2C) is a project of the Orange County Democratic Party that offers resources, support, and assistance to Democratic Parties in targeted North Carolina counties. Founded in 2016, C2C has helped over 40 candidates in more than 20 counties.  Its goals are: 1) to help elect Democrats to the North Carolina General Assembly; and 2) to work with partner counties to build local party infrastructure.

 

5. Sister District

About Sister District: https://sisterdistrict.com/. With over 50,000 volunteers across the nation, Sister District is one of the largest and most effective progressive grassroots organizations in the country. In 2022, it is building progressive power and getting Democrats elected in swing states of Arizona, Michigan, North Carolina, Georgia, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, and Texas.

 

Candidates of Interest

1. U.S. Senate Candidate Cheri Beasley

Former Chief Justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court, she has won two statewide elections and is the first Black woman ever elected statewide who had not previously been appointed.  She is a  former public defender and a proven vote-getter in tough races; she lost her Chief Justice race in 2020 by only 401 votes out of 5.4 million cast. https://cheribeasley.com/  

 

2. State Senator Sydney Batch

A lawyer, social worker and former state representative, she was appointed to the Senate in 2021. A leading voice on child and family welfare, she is a rising star whom the Republicans are trying to prevent from establishing a reputation that will allow her to compete at the highest levels statewide.  https://sydneybatch.com/

 

3. State Representative Ricky Hurtado

He won the closest election in North Carolina in 2020, taking away a Republican-held seat in Alamance County (Burlington).  First in his rural NC family to go to college, he has a graduate degree from Princeton and directs a program to help immigrants get to and achieve in college. He is the first Latino Democrat elected to the State Legislature in North Carolina. The County Sheriff pepper-sprayed people marching to early vote in 2020; as that Sheriff’s race this year is seen as likely to energize a large Republican turnout, Hurtado’s re-election is far from a sure thing.  https://rickyhurtado.org/

 

4. State Representative Terence Everitt

A  second-term State Rep in Wake Co. (Raleigh suburbs), whose district overlaps with Sen. Batch, he’s a leading voice for public schools (raising teacher pay, a huge issue in NC) and the environment. https://www.terenceeveritt.com/

 

5. State Representative Brian Farkas

He is a Pitt County (Greenville) architect and freshman State Rep, one of only two who took a Republican seat away in 2020.  He shepherded a $315 million expansion of Eastern NC Medical School through the legislature. Farkas is the only Democrat to hold this seat in the last decade.  https://brianfarkas.com/

 
     
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