A Petition Drive - The Fast-Track to Success!
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So you want to start a petition drive in your own city? Well here's some ideas for you.
1) Start the process rolling by having your volunteers meet at a specific location on a day that is best for your group and when you'll find the most people out and about. The object is to get as many signatures for your petition as possible and to find new members of the public willing to help you do the same. This event helps jump-start the process. If you leave it to volunteers to go out on their own, some might never get started. Others may be shy and not know what to do or say. A group effort will give most people the necessary incentive. Consider having a contest, the winner being the team getting the most signatures. If you want to give out an award, possibilities include a free meal, a computer-generated certificate or a handmade ribbon.
2) Get as many people as you can to help out, including teens, friends, students and other organizations. Your volunteers do not have to be members of your cause, as long as they are willing to follow your instructions.
3) Prepare what you want your
volunteers to say when they approach potential signers. For an example
Also, brainstorm with your volunteers what they would say and make a
long list of places you can go over the next few months to collect
5) Once you've established several
locations, make a date for everyone to meet. Divide into teams of 2-3
people. Cover different shopping centers, malls, and superstores (like Wal-Mart and Cosco) - wherever there will be a lot of
traffic. Make sure you spread your volunteers out for maximum production. You
can meet at the end of the day and compare experiences and results.
7) Each volunteer should also have a sign-up sheet to get the
names and phone numbers of people who are especially interested in helping you.
If you can get them to pass out petitions too, your signature numbers
will multiply quickly. Be sure to bring lots of copies of petitions to give
out along with lots of extra signature pages.
10) One of your most important
objectives should be to get others to hand out petitions for you. You can
multiply your signatures exponentially by making this a primary focus. If
you get 5 petitions signed with 25 signatures per petition, and give out 5
additional petitions to five individuals who get them signed and they give
out 5 more petitions which are signed, you will end up with 3,875 signatures. If 19 other
volunteers do the same, you will have 77,500 signatures! See this
12) Have your volunteers give you back the signed signature pages with their name on a sheet of paper stapled to the page so you know who gave you each sheet. Create a special form for this information. There should be one book where all original signature pages are kept in.
13) Don't stop there! Arrange more drives on a regular basis and encourage individuals to continue going out on their own. Call your volunteers frequently and ask them how things are going and if they have completed signature pages you can collect. Pick them up as soon as possible so they are neither damaged or lost. For your movement, their value is gold!
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