Volunteer Opportunities

Items that roll up into volunteer opportunities

Election Integrity Work Group


Impact on the community and recent examples or accomplishments:

Small donor elections program for Portland city elections

What skills this committee or volunteer position is looking for:

Interest in helping pass useful local and state and, to some extent, national legislation

What other roles and/or positions are in the committee:

One conveyor is needed, along with anyone interested in being a workgroup member.


For more info, email Bill Harris at bbharris1936@gmail.com

Communications


Impact on the community and recent examples or accomplishments:

We are the messaging for this party. The communications team projects our values through email, social media, and other means. Recently, we used these tools for a successful online fundraiser. During election season we rally volunteers and activate voters.

What skills this committee or volunteer position is looking for:

Digital communications skills and/or interest is what it takes! Writing, communications, graphic design, email list building, public relations, social media.

What other roles and/or positions are in the committee:

Email administrator, Social media manager, content creator, project management, Zoom administrator.


For more info, email Joel Barker at communication@multdems.org

Platform, Resolution and Legislative Committee


Impact on the community and recent examples or accomplishments:

2020 Platform of the Democratic Party of Multnomah County, an innovative political document. Resolutions in support of important legislation.

What skills this committee or volunteer position is looking for:

Ability to research and follow legislation.

What other roles and/or positions are in the committee:

Study group members.


For more info, email Faith Ruffing at fruffing@frontier.com

Legislative Liaison Group


Impact on the community and recent examples or accomplishments:

Using the Multnomah Democrats Platform, we work to get legislation passed at all levels of government by finding bill sponsors, writing and delivering testimony, and maintaining a relationship with elected leaders.

What skills this committee or volunteer position is looking for:

Willingness to learn how state, federal and local governments work. Research capability. Passion (not a skill but necessary for our work). Patience.

What other roles and/or positions are in the committee:

No specific roles. It is helpful if members are also the member of a Platform study group, but not necessary to learn how to be a good advocate.


For more info, email Bobbi Yambasu at bobbiy4967@gmail.com

Budget Committee


Impact on the community and recent examples or accomplishments:

Keep the party making smart financial decisions. Maintain financial records and budgets in line with best practices for groups such as ours.

What skills this committee or volunteer position is looking for:

Helpful to have some budgeting experience, but not required.

What other roles and/or positions are in the committee:

Committee members We create balanced budgets based on needs of the organization — a program budget.


For more info, email Bobbi Yambasu at bobbiy4967@gmail.com

Basic Rights


Impact on the community and recent examples or accomplishments:

Our group has written resolutions calling for support of the Compassionate Change District (which later became Hygiene 4 All), respecting the sovereignty of Venezuela, finding funding for homeless services in Portland, and supporting a $2000 monthly UBI as an emergency Covid response. Additionally, we’ve begun laying the groundwork to launch a public pressure campaign to get our legislators to support an emergency Covid UBI: http://multdems.org/2000now/ Our full platform article can be read here: https://multdems.org/resources/platform-of-the-party/basic-rights/

What skills this committee or volunteer position is looking for:

Researching, coding, writing, campaigning, facilitating, project management, networking, and strong interpersonal skills for coalition building and speaking with legislators.

What other roles and/or positions are in the committee:

Roles are defined by your skill-set and the amount of time you can commit.


For more info, email Mark Nerys at marknerys@gmail.com

Justice Study Group


Impact on the community and recent examples or accomplishments:

The study group focuses on multiple criminal justice issues, re policing, prosecution, sentencing, incarceration, alternatives to incarceration, and other relevant community issues; we focus on injustices and inequities in all these areas and reforming the system as a whole due to the over representation of people of color and those with limited means. After drafting the criminal justice section of the Platform, we lobby legislators on our issues. Recently we submitted a Resolution to MultDems Central Committee about release of prisoners to provide safety in Oregon prisons during the pandemic. We share information within our study group about criminal justice topics and actions to take, e.g., supporting the recent election of a progressive DA in Multnomah County and signing a ballot initiative about drug treatment & decriminalization.

What skills this committee or volunteer position is looking for:

No special skills are necessary for participation, just a strong interest in criminal justice issues and reform. It is helpful that we have some members who have criminal justice jobs, some who themselves or family had experience with the criminal justice system, and some with prior experience working on criminal justice reform.

What other roles and/or positions are in the committee:

There are no official roles or positions. Everyone can suggest actions for the group to take, and then we decide by consensus. One person volunteers to convene study group meetings and represents the group at the Platform, Resolution, and Legislation Committee (PRLC) monthly meetings, which are open to all.


For more info, email Sally Joughin at sjoughin@earthlink.net

Fundraising Committee


Impact on the community and recent examples or accomplishments:

We are responsible for funding the Democratic party at the local and county level. We recently conducted our first Beyond Celsi online auction layered on top of wonderfully crafted email and social media campaigns and raised close to seven thousand dollars for our grassroots organization.

What skills this committee or volunteer position is looking for:

We are always looking for innovative and creative people that are skilled with social media. Perhaps you are skilled at writing provocative and motivating letters. Or people that are good at planning fun events, be they virtual, live or in between.

What other roles and/or positions are in the committee:

Social Media Fundraising Leader. Direct Mail Fundraising Leader. Fundraising Messaging Leader. Digital Fundraising Coordinator. Celsi Chair.


For more info, email Henry Exerjian at Fundraising@multdems.org

Technology Team


Impact on the community and recent examples or accomplishments:

Integrating new technologies with our volunteer base (Zoom, Online Document-sharing such as Google Drive), website development (multdemsvote.com, multdems.org), A/V setup for meetings (Presidential Debate watch parties, etc).

What skills this committee or volunteer position is looking for:

Familiarity with online organizational communication tools (such as Zoom, Signal, Slack, Trello, GSuite, etc); Website development/content management experience (Updating HTML/CSS, working with WordPress); Experience with VAN (Voter Action Network); Digital fundraising/sales experience (Act Blue, NGP, Kickstarter, GoFundMe, Etsy, WooCommerce); Online Polling/Vote Counting (STAR Voting, Survey Monkey, Doodle, Google Poll)… And any other relevant technology experience!

What other roles and/or positions are in the committee:

Web Team Captain, Back Office Captain, Digital Accessibility Manager.


For more info, email Aaron Levine at technology@multdems.org