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Volunteer Opportunities:
board member
voter registration
observer corps
voter service
newsletter
membership
holiday gathering
lwvaa forums
local studies
national studies
recognition event
legislative brunch
bylaws
budget
fund raising
telephone
 
Click here for a mail-in membership form
 
Click here for a printable Member Brochure

 

Get Involved!

Active participation of our members is the lifeblood of our organization and allows us to provide the programs that help to promote knowledge and information about issues important to our organization.

As a grassroots organization, member involvement is essential to achieving our mission, but being actively involved isn’t just good for League, it’s good for you, too! Helping with the work of League is a great way to network with other groups, build your organizational skills, hone your writing or public speaking skills, or learn more about your government. You’ll have fun, meet interesting people, and help League all at the same time!

Click here for a printable Interest Profile form
 

Volunteer Opportunities:
 

BOARD MEMBER
Time involved: approximately 4 hours per month, including the meeting time

Duties:

  • Attend monthly board meeting (currently first Thursday of each month from 5:30 to 7:00 pm)
  • Take charge of a portfolio, such as Observer Corps, Voter Registration, etc.
  • OR  Serve as an at-large board member, helping out on an as-needed basis
  • Write at least one report for the Akron Voter annually
Voter Registration
Time involved: 2-4 hours; one-time or ongoing
  • Street Law Day: May
  • Constitution Day (swearing in of new citizens): September 17 or thereabouts
  • Other venues: as needed
Observer Corps
Time involved: 2 hours per month (or more, depending on your interest)
Duties:
  • Attend meetings of government agencies (currently Summit County and/or City Council meetings and committee meetings)
  • Fill out a report of the meeting, to be submitted to Observer Corps Chair prior to board meeting
  • Write at least one observation report for the monthly Voter (or oftener if you wish)
Goals:
  • To insure government meetings are conducted openly
  • To let elected officials know they are being observed
  • To help LWVAA identify areas for study or action

click here for more info on Observer Corps
 

VOTER SERVICE
Time involved: 2-3 hours; one-time or more
Duties:
  • Attend candidate forums/debates to serve as:

1) Question Screener

2) Time Keeper

3) Greeter/sign-in table

  • Help with distribution of Voters Guides
NEWSLETTER COMMITTEE
Time involved: 2-3 hours, monthly or one time

Duties: 
  • Assist with bulk mailing
  • Interview members for “Member Spotlight” feature
  • Contribute articles or photos relevant to LWVAA
MEMBERSHIP COMMITTEE
Time involved: 2 hours per month, one-time or on an ongoing basis

Duties:
  • Assist with member survey
  • Help plan new-member orientation
  • Help plan membership portion of Holiday get-together
  • Contact new members and invite them to League meetings
  • Help publicize new members in the Voter
  • Assist with carpooling for general meetings
HOLIDAY GATHERING
Time involved: 2-3 hours in October and/or November

Duties:
  • Assist VP Program/Membership to plan annual Holiday gathering
  • Provide refreshments for party
LWVAA FORUMS
Time involved: several hours, prior to chosen event, and/or 2-3 hours on day of event

Duties:
(You may choose one or more from the options below.)
  • Serve on committee to assist program chair in planning event
  • Serve as time-keeper at event
  • Serve as question screener at event
  • Serve as greeter/sign-in person at event
LOCAL STUDY COMMITTEES
Time involved: varies with the study topic; volunteers must be prepared to participate in one or two face-to-face meetings, as well as to assist with research, developing consensus questions, and participating in a consensus meeting.
Duties:
  • Assist with defining the scope of the study
  • Assist with researching the study topic
  • Help plan/participate in meetings or forums to educate LWVAA members on the topic
  • Assist with developing consensus questions
  • Participate in a consensus meeting on the study topic
  • Assist with developing a position statement
NATIONAL OR STATE STUDY COMMITTEES
Time involved: varies with the study topic. The time frame for state and national studies is often over a two-year period. Study focus and research materials are prepared by national or state committees

Duties:
  • Help plan/participate in meetings or forums to educate LWVAA members on the topic
  • Write articles on the topic for the local Voter
  • Help organize, publicize, and participate in consensus meeting
WOMEN IN DEMOCRACY RECOGNITION EVENT COMMITTEE
Time involved: Self-limiting; held in February in even-numbered years

Duties:
  • Select venue, send invitations, secure a speaker
  • Plan certificates and gift for attendees
  • Greet guests, help seat them
  • Serve as host at sign-in table
  • Develop seating arrangements, make name tags, secure table decorations
LEGISLATIVE BRUNCH COMMITTEE
Time involved: Self-limiting; held in February as a rule, in odd-numbered years, alternating with the Women in Democracy event.

Duties:
  • Select venue, send invitations to City or County Council members; secure a moderator
  • Work with venue to plan menu, secure table arrangements, etc.
  • Prepare questions to get Q&A started
  • Greet attendees, sign in guests
  • Send thank-you notes to participating Council persons
BYLAWS COMMITTEE
Time involved: 2-4 hours annually

Duties:
  • Maintain conformity in local League bylaws with LWVUS bylaws
  • Receive all suggestions for amendments to the bylaws, prepare and submit them to the board for review
  • Propose amendments
  • Prepare and submit to LWVO any adopted changes
BUDGET COMMITTEE
Time involved: 2-4 hours annually
Duties:
  • Develop proposed budget for the coming year
  • Submit proposed budget to the board for approval by the March board meeting
  • Submit approved budget for the Akron Voter to be published in May
  • Present the budget at the annual meeting and answer any questions members may have
FUND RAISING COMMITTEE
Time involved: Self-limiting

Duties:
  • Develop goals for fund-raising based on projected needs for general expenses, special events, etc.
  • Develop plans for fund-raising event, including venue, theme, prizes (if appropriate) etc.
  • Work with publicity chair to publicize event
TELEPHONING COMMITTEE
Time involved: One hour per month, one time or on an ongoing basis

Duties:
  • Assist in telephoning members to remind them of upcoming events
Goals:
  • To help increase attendance at League events
  • To help maintain personal contact with LWVAA members on a regular basis
 

Click here for a printable Interest Profile form

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