Name of agency and statement of purpose: The Karen Organization of Minnesota’s (KOM) mission is to enhance the quality of life for Karen and other refugees from Burma in Minnesota by assisting refugees to settle, integrate and become increasingly self-sufficient while fostering cultural knowledge and understanding.
Purpose/objective: KOM partners with CAPI to increase civic engagement, especially among Asian Pacific Islander American communities. This is done through voter education and community outreach to make sure everyone who is eligible is registered to vote and to raise pledges for the 2020 Census. Hta Thi Yu Moo is the Civic Engagement Coordinator for KOM.
- Reach people by phone at the phone bank location at KOM’s office or at CAPI’s office to encourage them to register to vote and/or pledge to participate in the 2020 Census.
- Reach people in person at outreach events or door-to-door to encourage them to register to vote and/or pledge to participate in the 2020 Census.
Time commitment: Phone banking in the evenings (3 hour shifts from 5pm – 8pm; minimum requirement to commit to 1 shift), event and door-to-door outreach as needed. Phone banking for Get Out The Vote is happening November 2nd – November 5th, 2019. Contact Suzanne Olive or Hta Thi Yu Moo for exact shift schedules.
Location: Phone bank at KOM (2353 Rice Street, Suite 240, Roseville MN 55113); Phone bank at CAPI Headquarters in Brooklyn Center (5930 Brooklyn Boulevard, Brooklyn Center, MN 55429); outreach locations TBD (around the Saint Paul area)
Qualifications: Reliable individuals with good communication skills who have a passion for outreach and civic engagement.
Measures: Volunteers are required to log their hours with KOM Civic Engagement Coordinator
Benefits: Volunteers can develop their knowledge of the electoral process within a democratic political system. They also have the opportunity to work with a diverse community, and build their in person and over the phone communication skills.
How to apply/contact: Please complete KOM’s Volunteer Application online (http://www.mnkaren.org/volunteer.htm) or contact Suzanne Olive to receive a paper application. Volunteers will complete an interview and an orientation to the voter engagement project (phone banking training is provided at the beginning of each phone banking shift), and be subject to a background check. The volunteer will be connected with the Civic Engagement Coordinator to learn more and sign up for volunteer shifts.