Bring Change: Volunteer for an Organization or Political Initiative
Last updated January 25, 2021
As thousands of people protest across the world to demand racial justice and changes to address systemic racism, you may be wondering what you can do to help. Young people have always been at the forefront of social movements and as future leaders, have the ability to inflict great change in our world. One great way to get involved is to donate your time by volunteering with a local organization or political campaign.
Volunteer for an Organization
NAACP ensures the political, educational, social, and economic equality of all persons and to eliminate racial discrimination. They are always looking for volunteers to call and/or text Black voters in the community to remind them to use their power and vote.
Black Lives Matter is a member-led organization that is working to create “a world where Black lives are no longer systematically targeted.” To volunteer or get involved, contact the local Black Lives Matter Chapter in your community.
ERASE Racism leads public policy advocacy campaigns and initiatives to promote racial equity. High school and college students can apply for one of their programs or become a volunteer. The organization will match your skills and interests to a project they are working on allowing you to develop skills while making a difference!
Volunteer with a Political Initiative/ Campaign
First and foremost, if you are eligible make sure you are registered to vote! Unless you live in North Dakota, you must register to vote in all elections. Head over to usa.gov to register to vote or check your state’s registration deadline.
Volunteer with a local political candidate to support their campaign. Tasks often include data-entry or “phone banking” aka calling or texting local voters. Make sure to do your research about the candidate and their social and political policies - they should be somebody you want in office! If you’re not sure who is running in your community, you can search for candidates and elections through the Federal Election Commission website. Once you find a candidate you support you can find their campaign website and reach out for a volunteer opportunity!