How to organize a canvass
• Create a list of volunteers with emails (phone # if they don’t use email). • Schedule a specific day/days of the week to canvass. This makes it easier for volunteers to participate. Sunday afternoons generally work well for canvassing. • Hold a training session to help volunteers become familiar with your canvass strategy, share information, and outline materials, scripts, etc. that will be used during the canvass. • Send an email reminder to your volunteers at the beginning of the week, outlining the streets you will be canvassing and the meeting place for that week. • Always canvass in 2s or 3s, for safety and practical reasons. • Have a simple scripted message that everyone can use at the door. • Have a flyer or one-page sheet that you can leave with residents at the door (available below). If residents aren’t home, leave this in the mailbox. • At the end of each canvass, meet to debrief and to hand-in materials.
WHAT YOU'LL NEED TO CANVASS
• tracking sheets, resident information sheets, petition, and flyer or one-pager (all available below) • pens, clipboards (legal and or letter-sized). • maps of the area • cell phone
INDIVIDUAL CANVASS TIPS
• Smile and make eye contact while you’re speaking. • Introduce yourself and your organization at the beginning. • If the person is busy or not interested it’s best to move on quickly. • If there’s a doorbell, push hard and listen for the sound of a bell. If there isn’t a doorbell or you don’t hear ringing, don’t be afraid to knock. • Canvassing can be pretty scary for people who haven’t done it before. So if you’re leading your group, be sure to give everyone lots of encouragement and support. • Always end the conversation on a positive note.
SAFE RAIL COMMUNITIES CANVASS MATERIALS