Sierra Club Home Page   Environmental Update  
chapter button
Explore, enjoy and protect the planet
Click here to visit the Member Center.         
Take Action
Get Outdoors
Join or Give
Inside Sierra Club
Press Room
Politics & Issues
Sierra Magazine
Sierra Club Books
Apparel and Other Merchandise
Contact Us

Join the Sierra ClubWhy become a member?

Planet Main
In This Section
Ten Ways to Make the Environment Matter on November 2
Toxic Fallout: Ground Zero Report Documents Deception
Dupont Toxic Dump Plan Derailed
Goals for Our Grandchildren: An Excerpt from "Strategic Ignorance"
Road to Somewhere: How You Can Help
Fear and Logging in Tahoe
Yellowstone's Grizzlies Need Your Support
No Day at the Beach
From the Editor
Who We Are
  In Memoriam
PDF version of the planet
Search for an Article
Free Subscription
Back Issues

The Planet
Road to Somewhere: How You Can Help No Matter Where You Live

This fall, all political eyes will be focused on the handful of battleground states where experts say the presidential election and many other races will be decided. The Sierra Club will be trying to talk to more people, knock on more doors, make more phone calls, and mobilize more members and voters than in any previous election. Volunteers aren’t just knocking on any old door: we have identified environmentally oriented infrequent voters and will be contacting them multiple times.

You can help in the following ways: making calls from the comfort of your home, organizing a mailing party with your local group or chapter, or taking a working vacation to help with on-the-ground efforts in a nearby state.

Most voter education sites held community walks on the weekends of September 18-19 and October 9-10. But there will also be an opportunity for volunteers to participate in the big Get Out the Vote push the week before the election. To do so, contact the organizer nearest you, or sign up here.

If a hospitality committee exists in a site, local members will try and help arrange housing during your stay, or recommend convenient affordable lodging options.

No matter where you live, there will be opportunities to make phone calls in support of either voter education or get-out-the-vote activities. Once you sign up, you will be able to download a list of identified names, localized scripts, and report-back forms. See this sample phone script for example.

Individuals can download ten names at a time, and after reporting back their results online will be able to get an additional ten names. Many chapters and groups are hosting cell-phone calling parties, where volunteers come to someone’s home (or a Club office) with their cell phones.
(In the tradition of the Sierra Club, these efforts are volunteer-driven and conducted at minimal cost, so we are looking for participants who have cell-phone programs with free evening and weekend long-distance.)

If you would like to host a cell-phone party, you will be provided with detailed instructions and procedures for organizing the event and obtaining lists with sufficient names for the size of your group.

Please go to sierraclubvotes for contacts and details.

The Sierra Club is unable to pay for any travel arrangements or housing or reimbursement for phone calls during your participation in the Road to Somewhere program.

This program is an independent voter education effort, in which we do not advocate for the election or defeat of any candidate. Instead we educate the voters about the environmental records of John Kerry and George W. Bush, compare and contrast their records, and remind all concerned voters to get out and vote. No part of this program may be coordinated with any presidential campaign or political party.


Up to Top