Field Help from Churches
Nick Halsted, one of our Milwaukee volunteer coordinators, has spent a large portion of the last few weeks reaching out to churches in the greater Milwaukee area. Three of them -- Plymouth UCC, Bayshore Lutheran, and the First Unitarian Society -- have agreed to host a phone bank one day each week for the entire month of October. They provide the volunteers and we bring the phones, scripts, and lists of people to call.
Last night we had the first of these phone banks at Plymouth UCC, located in Shorewood. Seven members of the congregation met at the church to help us recruit volunteers for our upcoming canvasses. These seven volunteers, together with eleven others who were making calls out of our of field office, recruited a total of 89 volunteers in 3 hours, setting a new Milwaukee record.
I can safetly say that there are few things which make a field organizer happier than having another organization provide volunteers. And what is particularly exciting in this case is that it's the churches -- institutions that many mistakenly think are the base of the "yes" vote -- that are providing so many of our volunteers.