Photo: Suzannah Hoover Photography

Why we canvass

Every day, people are bombarded with information — from television, the internet, the radio and more. But if you want to get people to engage on issues that matter, there is nothing as powerful as a face-to-face conversation. It’s an opportunity to educate people on important issues, and give them the chance to take action. And when thousands of informed people make their voices heard, that’s the kind of people power that makes real change happen.

By canvassing, we can meet people where they're at — at their doors or on the street. Most people already agree with us on the issues, whether it's global warming, overuse of antibiotics on factory farms, or getting big money out of politics. And many more will agree with us once they've been educated about the problem and the solution. But unless we reach out and talk to people, they might not have the opportunity to learn about these important issues and take action for a cause they believe in.

When a canvasser gets someone to sign up or donate to a campaign, it means that person has put his or her name or money on the line for what we’re working for. And as more and more people do that for an organization, it builds the power of that group, and gives them resources they need to be effective for the long term.

So if you want to help make positive change, help us build the people power it takes to win changes for our environment, our democracy and more.

“Great to see you out there! I am a lifelong activist, very comfortable doing community outreach, and it is great that you are sending people out in person!”

- Linda G., Kent, Wash.