A Canvass In Your Neighborhood
Making contact with our fellow Democrats in a friendly and practical
manner is crucial to the success of every election and every event we
hold. We bring information right to peoples’ doors about candidates and
the election process, we offer timely news on issues such as what to do
about Voter ID and the Affordable Care Act, and we deliver a personal
invitation to join an event or become a volunteer. Best of all, the
canvasser puts a face on the Democratic Party in Lancaster County; making
us real and relevant to the people we visit.
canvasser is equipped with
accurate list of Democrats in the neighborhood
script or information from which to speak to the person visited
information about the person visited to be verified or updated
newsletter or simple handout to leave behind
is a quick visit at the door…. No “pressure tactics” or confrontation.
LCDC at 299-5701 and find out for yourself how rewarding community
outreach can be!
Help bring news and information to the
in your area by joining a canvass this week!
Joan Wartchow, LCDC
Link to the LCDC Volunteer
See list of volunteer
District Leader List
School District or Municipality to find your district leader.
East Cocalico Twp,
West Cocalico Twp.
||East Lampeter Twp.,
Upper Leacock Twp.,
West Earl Twp.
Mary Beth Hellberg
(717) 656-4437 /
Mount Joy Boro.,
East Donegal Twp.,
Mount Joy Twp. (Milton Grove District only)
Mount Joy Twp. (except Milton Grove District),
West Donegal Twp.
Terre Hill Boro.,
Brecknock Twp., Caernarvon Twp.,
East Earl Twp.,
East Hempfield Twp.,
West Hempfield Twp. (except Farmdale and Ironville Districts)
West Lampeter Twp.
(School District of Lancaster)
(School District of Lancaster)
East Drumore Twp.,
Little Britain Twp.,
Providence Twp. East,
Providence Twp. West,
List of Volunteer Services Needed
Bi- lingual in Spanish
Bi-lingual in another language
Concerns – Would the volunteer be in a committee interested
in the concerns of veterans?
at Democratic Headquarters; 53 N. Duke Street in Lancaster;
Volunteer must find parking either on the street or at a parking
garage. October tends to be the busiest month when extra office
helpers are appreciated.
Entry – Volunteer needs good typing and computer skills
letters (to the Editor)
Signs – My Yard – Is volunteer willing to place a
candidate’s sign in own yard or window?
Distribute Lawn Signs- Can volunteer deliver lawn signs?
(usually August – October)
Literature - Commonly known as “envelope stuffing”;
Usually at headquarters’ basement; Usually on Saturday and or
Sunday afternoons; Busiest time is September and October.
Distribute Literature – Commonly know as “lit drops.”
Volunteers leave candidates’ campaign literature at doors. This
is usually done in evenings, Saturdays or Sundays and for a 2 -3
hour period. No knocking on doors or talking to voters required.
Wearing sneakers is a must!
Registering voters - Greta Aul is the chair person who
organizes the precincts where we concentrate on registering
voters. This is frequently a door to door activity. Also, we
register voters at our Democratic booth/display at the county
parades and fairs.
– Wednesday nights in September, we walk with our candidates and
Democratic parade float in Denver, Ephrata, and New Holland.
Also, we usually participate in a late September parade in
Millersville. This year, we may also be in Manheim.
Is volunteer willing to make a sign, a statement, and be
present to support causes or protest the appearance of someone
(Ex: Karl Rove) in Lancaster?
funds- We are always in need of people who know how to make
money for the good of the party.
events – We need people to help organize and plan events.
Example: Lois Herr wants to have a fundraiser picnic at a site
in Paradise this summer. She needs a volunteer willing to help
organize that event?
Marjorie Gardner is the chair of this fund-raiser. We get
together on a Saturday in July to wire the pinecones and make
the bows. We get together on the last Saturday in November to
make the wreaths. Committee people (and anyone else) sell the
wreaths to neighbors and friends for $25 each. Does the
volunteer have some dexterity with crafts?
Leader- Would the volunteer like to be a leader of committee
people in their school district? Is volunteer already doing
Committee Person – Would
the volunteer like to be their neighborhood “go to” person for
the Democrats in that voting precinct? These are the real foot
soldiers of the party who find the poll watchers and greeters
for Election Day, walk with the candidates through the
neighborhood to meet the voters, put up yard signs and keep a
supply for willing neighbors to also put up signs, etc., etc.
Is the volunteer already a committee person?
Coordinator– Working with Sally Lyall, Volunteer
Coordinator, to make the calls to inform and activate our
volunteers. Busiest time of year is in late August & September.
A streamlined system makes the calls targeted and limited in
Phone Calls – These volunteers would make survey calls for
candidates or generally help with other calls as needed.
Calls – GOTV (Get Out the Vote) – These volunteers are going
to be calling voters within a 10 day period before election day.
Scripts will be provided for Democrats, Republicans, those with
answering machines, etc.
Calls – Election Day – These volunteers must keep Election
Day available between 4 and 7pm. They will be calling the
Democrats who have not voted and reminding them of the need to
vote, where they go to vote, and how much time they have left
until 8pm closing. This is a crucial and very satisfying short
term volunteer experience.
Elections – The volunteer will receive training from the
Board of Elections and must be willing to commit to the entire
Election Day. Pay is $85. This can be an elected or an
appointed position. Frequently, we receive calls just before
Election Day, with an emergency opening for a Judge. We are
trying to take care of this need by having willing Democrats
train for the “just in case” scenario.
The volunteer will receive training from the Board of Elections
and must be willing to commit to the entire Election Day. Pay is
$80. This can be an elected or an appointed position.
Frequently, we receive calls just before Election Day, with an
emergency opening for an inspector. We are trying to take care
of this need by having willing Democrats train for the “just in
– These volunteers stand outside the polls wearing
Democratic pins or buttons, and say, “Hello,” to the voters.
This can also be a time to inform voters of the candidates on
the Democratic slate or to answer questions.
Rides to Polls – Occasionally, we receive a request. It’s
our least used activity, but it’s good to have a few willing
drivers in each voting area.