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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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