Your recruitment target will depend on a number of factors, among them the
size of your congregation and the goal of your lobby day. Members can also play
a variety of roles in the lobby day, from educating fellow members to providing
transportation to and from the state legislature on the day of to contributing
funds to pay for activities and supplies to soliciting media coverage to
actually attending visits and talking to your elected officials.
Before beginning recruitment for volunteers, make sure you know your goals
and the approximate number of people you need so you can target your efforts
appropriately. Always follow up with everyone who expresses interest in
participating or volunteering, and dont feel the need to stop your efforts once
your recruitment goals are met educating your community on your issue is an
important part of your efforts. You can always continue your advocacy after your
Here are a few ideas for recruiting participants from your congregation:
Use systems you already have in place or want to enact.
If appropriate in your synagogue, make a short announcement about universal
health care and the advocacy day and pass around a sign-up sheet at Oneg
Pass around fliers and talk to parents while they are waiting for their
children after religious school. Be sure to get the contact information of those
who are interested.
If you have a message center at your synagogue, keep track of members who
write letters and personally follow up with them about participating in the
If the coordinator of the advocacy day is not a part of the Social Action
Committee at your congregation, have him/her present to the committee and ask
for their contribution and help. Ask each person to ask a friend to join the
effort or, if feasible, to start a phone bank to call members about
Contact members who have participated in social action projects with your
congregation in the past.
Present to the Brotherhood and/or Sisterhood chapter at your congregation.
Include information on issues that personally affect the members of the chapters
and ask for the help in participation, recruitment, and education.
Attend one or more of the adult education classes and talk with them about
universal health care and the lobby day.
Organize a teach-in on universal health care at your synagogue and invite
surrounding congregations. Use the last part of the teach-in to talk about the
importance of advocacy and what people can do to help. Follow up with those who
attended the event.
Send out a mailing to members of the congregations and include an article
and appropriate contact information in the temple bulletin.
Post information on your synagogues website.
If there are several congregations in your community or your state, you might
want to recruit them to join in your efforts. Contact the chair of their Social
Action Committee to arrange a time to meet.