Civic Engagement Volunteer

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.

Title: Civic Engagement Volunteer

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 get community members to register and pledge to vote in the upcoming mid-term elections. Hta Thi Yu Moo is the Civic Engagement Coordinator for KOM.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Assist Hta Thi Yu Moo, KOM’s Civic Engagement Coordinator, with meeting her project goals
  • Reach US citizens by phone at the phone bank location to encourage them to register or pledge to vote
  • Reach US citizens in person at outreach events (including Get Out The Vote events leading up to election day) to encourage them to register or pledge to vote

Time commitment: Phone banking in the evenings (3 hour shifts), outreach events as needed (3 hour shifts)

Location: Phone bank: 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, 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.

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