RESOURCES TO GET STARTED
With the right resources and support, everyone—from first-time action takers to veteran organizers—can make their voices heard and accomplish real, tangible results.
Over the years, OFA volunteers, organizers, and staff have put theory into practice and learned a lot along the way. The resources listed on this page represent a collection of helpful guidelines and best practices for effective organizing, no matter your level of experience.
Everyone has an important role to play in this fight.
The toolkits below are designed to be a good first step to get you started, but your greatest resources in organizing will be the folks in your own community—friends, family, colleagues, other volunteers, and organizers.
To get connected to experienced organizers from across the country, check out this guide to using Connect, OFA's digital platform to help organizers find and support one another.
We hope that you’ll use the organizing techniques in these toolkits to bring your community together and leverage your voices to persuade elected officials to better represent your values.
Building support for an issue in your community begins with you.
Get started on your own, and then get your friends and family involved—it's easier than you think.
HOSTING COMMUNITY ACTION MEETINGS
Great organizers build power by bringing people together. Start locally in your own neighborhood and start building a network of folks ready to take action. It's no more complicated than inviting friends over for snacks and a conversation.
EARNED MEDIA EVENTS
This guide covers what an effective earned media event looks like, how to pitch it to the press, and what you can do online to amplify the coverage you receive.
Social media can be great resources, especially for organizers. They can function as ready-made tools for expanding the reach and impact of the work many OFA volunteers are already doing in their communities. To get started, or even just to brush up on your social media skills, check out the mini-toolkits below, designed for you to use on your phone and on the go.
People learn best through stories. Tell yours—here's how to show off your organizing work before, during, and after an event.
Amplify your message by using hashtags and handles the right way. Don’t just post your content into the void—make sure you’re plugging into the right conversations with the right folks.
Organizing is all about establishing and building relationships, so it's important to devote time and thought into building your digital network, just as you do for your in-person network.
Share your story and your organizing in a way that's clear, concise, and respectful. Most of all, write like a human.
Elected officials need to be held accountable. Use Facebook Live to broadcast key moments with just your phone to help build the pressure.
You don’t need to be a professional photographer with a fancy camera to capture your events. Your camera phone can should be able to do the job well enough to capture excellent photos.