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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.

 

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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.

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WRITING A LETTER TO THE EDITOR

 

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VISITING YOUR ELECTED OFFICIAL'S OFFICE

 

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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.

 

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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.

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CONGRESSIONAL RECESS TOOLKIT

 

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SIGNATURE DRIVES

 

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PHOTOGRAPHY FOR ORGANIZERS

 

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Obamacare Enrollment Guide 2017

This year, the open enrollment period for the federal health care marketplace runs from November 1 until December 15, 2017. With the help of our friends at Get America Covered, this toolkit provides OFA volunteers with the guidance and resources necessary to help make this enrollment period a success.

Download now

 

DIGITAL TOOLKITS

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.

 

Using social media for an event

People learn best through stories. Tell yours—here's how to show off your organizing work before, during, and after an event.

 

Using #hashtags and @handles

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.

 

Building your digital network

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.

 

Tips & best practices for writing (on social media)

Share your story and your organizing in a way that's clear, concise, and respectful. Most of all, write like a human.

 

Facebook Live check-list

Elected officials need to be held accountable. Use Facebook Live to broadcast key moments with just your phone to help build the pressure.

 

Photography tips and tricks

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.