Thursday, July 2, 2009

Join Us at this Critical Hour to Keep the Pressure on Our State Leaders

NASW-NC is a member of Together NC!


Dear Together NC Supporters:


It’s coming down to the wire! We need all hands on deck for a final push to ensure that legislators take a balanced approach to addressing the budget shortfall and keep new revenues in the budget.


We’re hearing bad rumors from the capital that some folks are getting cold feet when it comes to raising revenues, so we need to make sure that they continue to hear from us.


That’s why Together NC is organizing a statewide phonebanking event next week.


We need your help!


The phonebanks will be running next Wednesday in the following locations around the state:


-Rocky Mount






Pending locations:




-Elizabeth City


We will have specific locations and contact info for each site on Monday.


Volunteering at a phonebank

1-    We are asking people to arrive at 5:30 and stay until 8:30.

2-    The phonebank host at each location will provide a brief training from 5:30 to 6.

3-    Dinner and refreshments will be provided.

4-    If you are interested please email or call Rob Thompson – or 919.649.2449.


Who we’re calling and how it works:


Volunteers will make calls to targeted voters in key Senate and House districts around the state using an easy-to-use automatic dialer, the Activate system, that filters out bad numbers. Because this technology is automatically dialing through numbers, volunteers never have to wait more than a minute or two to get connected to a voter.


When a volunteer gets a voter on the line, the volunteer explains the current problem using a script and then asks the voter if she would like to contact her state legislator. If the voter says ‘yes,’ we patch the voter DIRECTLY through to the legislator’s office. This is IMMEDIATE and EFFECTIVE action that is much more powerful than a traditional phonebank.


Getting constituents to make these calls is the MOST effective way to influence legislators.



Please let us know as soon as possible if you are able to volunteer.  Contact Rob Thompson at or 919.649.2449 with any questions





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