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Volunteer for the Blue Wave in 2020!

Between now and November, Jan is leading the fight to organize progressive voters and volunteers to make the maximum electoral impact. We need to win back the White House, win back the US Senate, and protect our seats in the US House. To do that, we need thousands of people just like you to sign up to volunteer and fight back.

Are you with us? Sign up here!

19th Annual Ultimate Women's Virtual Power Lunch - July 20, 2020

Power Lunch 2020 Invite Please Join Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky and the Host Committee for the 19th Annual Ultimate Women’s Virtual Power Lunch.

Click here to purchase tickets.
 
Monday, July 20, 2020
Virtual – Link to Zoom event will be sent in advance
12:30 PM – Program
 
 
Keynote speakers include:
Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham, New Mexico
Mayor Lori Lightfoot, Chicago

 

 

To contribute by mail please send checks, made payable to:
Schakowsky for Congress
PO Box 5130
Evanston, IL 60204-5130


Apply for Jan's Digital Summer Internship!

Summer Political Internship

with US Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky

June 2nd – August 12th, 2020

Click here to Apply!

This Summer, we are offering a selective, unpaid internship program focused on training vital political skills in a fast-paced, hands-on environment.  This program gives motivated interns opportunities to play a direct role in the upcoming 2020 General Election inside and outside of Illinois. 

This program emphasizes the development of core political skills through classroom-style instruction led by political professionals.  Interns will deploy those skills in real-world settings to help create victory for Democratic candidates up and down the ballot. This unpaid internship may be eligible for class credit—if so, we will work with interns to secure necessary approval from accredited educational institutions.

This internship will be held on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 3:00PM – 5:00PM via Zoom meetings.  Optional in-person activities may also be available pending public health guidance.

Skills Developed Include:

  • Community Organizing
  • Political Messaging
  • Leadership
  • Logistics & Strategic Planning
  • Campaign Field Techniques
  • Proficiency with NGPVAN software
  • Volunteer Management/Training
  • Voter Persuasion & GOTV
  • Event Planning & Staffing
  • Public Speaking/Presentation

Interns must be available Tuesday and Wednesday from 3 to 5 PM between June 2nd and August 12th

Applications Close: May 20th, 2020

Internship Start Date: June 2nd, 2020

Internship End Date: August 12th, 2020

Program Requirements:

This internship will require access to Zoom in order to participate.  In addition to participating in weekly meetings and trainings, interns will design and execute a Master Class to teach skills to others.

High-Qualified Applicants Will Possess:

  • Excellent verbal communication skills
  • Volunteer/civic leadership
  • Desire to create progressive change
  • Proficiency with digital media

Schakowsky for Congress does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.  For further questions or inquiries, please contact benhead@janschakowsky.org

 

Jan Schakowsky's Good Neighbor Program Phone Bank and Sign-up Links

Phone Bank Links:

 

To call in Evanston, click here

To call in Maine Township, click here

To call in Niles Township, click here

To call in Northfield Township, click here

To call in Wheeling Township, click here

To call in the 46th Ward, click here

 

Other Volunteer Opportunities:

 

To get involved in the 48th Ward, email alan@48thward.org

To get involved in the 49th Ward, sign up here

To get involved in the 39th Ward, sign up here

To get involved in the 40th Ward, sign up here

 

New opportunities will be added on a rolling basis.

Join Jan's Good Neighbor Program!

Jan's Good Neighbor Program

 

Schakowsky for Congress is working with local Democratic party organizations, Democratic campaigns, and local grassroots organizations to make wellness check calls on a community-by-community basis for neighbors at high risk of COVID-19.  The goal is to put at-risk individuals in touch with resources they need to get food, prescription drugs, medical care, and relief from isolation.

We do this through Virtual Phone Banks, where volunteers can make calls from their own home.  We provide volunteers with a list of available resources, training documents, a volunteer help hotline, and a link to a virtual phone bank or local efforts in their area.

Get instructions here!

Jan Schakowsky's Good Neighbor Program Volunteer Instructions

Good Neighbor Program Virtual Phone Bank Instructions

 

Volunteer FAQ Hotline: (773) 236-2164

 

Thank you for volunteering to check on our vulnerable neighbors during the coronavirus pandemic!  The primary purpose of these calls is to ensure residents are aware of and have access to resources available to them—assistance with food and prescription drugs, fighting utility shut-offs, and more. 

 

It is EXTREMELY IMPORTANT that volunteers do not provide any medical advice. Any medical concerns should be addressed by directing to a primary care physician or the Illinois COVID-19 hotline. Following this guideline will help ensure that this call program is safe and effective.

 

If you speak to someone who believes they’re experiencing an emergency, medical or otherwise, advise them to call 9-1-1.

 

1.      Getting Informed

Please familiarize yourself with general information about COVID-19 as well as the current directives enacted by the state Illinois and local governments.

 

Up-to-date info can be found at:

https://www.chicago.gov/city/en/sites/covid-19/home.html

 

http://dph.illinois.gov/topics-services/diseases-and-conditions/diseases-a-z-list/coronavirus/preventing-spread-communities

 

2.      Logging in and Starting to Call

You will be making calls through a Virtual Phone Bank.  It’s easy to use—click a link at the bottom of this page. If you’ve done this before you’ll already have an account, just click “log in.”  If not, it will ask you to enter an email and create an account on the spot—no complicated backup codes or multi-step process

 

Once you’ve logged in, you will see a person’s name, some basic information about the person, and a script from which to read.  Many of these calls will be more conversational, so feel free to go off-script and engage in conversation, but be sure not to give any false, uncertain, or unapproved advice.  Sometimes, people just need someone to listen.

 

3.      Making the Calls

Before you begin, take a second to think about the conversations you’re about to have.  Remember to be friendly and conversational--don’t feel that you need to jump into asking questions right away.  Mention that you’re a neighbor from their community and that this is just an informational call: we won’t ever ask for money or personal information.

 

Once login and get to your first call page, take note of the person’s name and other information.  You’ll see a full script with drop-down menus to enter responses to the questions we’re asking. There will also be a notes section at the bottom, where you can enter any information you think is important that doesn’t fit neatly into the drop-down menu categories.

 

As you make your calls, make sure to have your FAQ and other resources handy.  If you encounter a situation for which we don’t have an applicable resource, please direct the resident to their local elected officials’ constituent service offices.  Remember--be conversational!

 

The primary purpose of these calls is to ensure residents are aware of and have access to resources available in the current pandemic—assistance with food and prescription drugs, fighting utility shut-offs, and more.

 

Again, it is EXTREMELY IMPORTANT that volunteers do not provide any medical advice. Following this guideline will help ensure that this call program is safe and effective.

 

Remember that folks we are contacting may be isolated, afraid, or confused about what is going on.  Please be patient and friendly, speak with a smile on your face, and remember that you could very well be saving a life today.

 

4.      Recording the Data

It’s important that as you move through your calls, you’re accurately recording the answers to the questions in the Virtual Phone Bank.  If there is anything important that we should know, that information can be entered in the note section and will be checked regularly. In case of emergency, the person you call should contact 9-1-1.

 

5.      Log Out When Finished

When you’re done with calls for the day, click the “logout” link in the upper part of the screen and you’re all set!  Thank you for pitching in to keep our neighbors safe. You can log back in anytime between 9:00AM and 8:00PM--there’s always more calls to make!

 

Click here for links to Virtual Phone Banks and other volunteer opportunities!

2020 Winter Internship

Chicago Winter/Spring Internship

with Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky’s Campaign

January 21st – May 9th, 2020

This Winter and Spring, Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky’s political team is offering a selective, unpaid internship program focused on training vital political skills in a fast-paced, hands-on environment.  This program gives motivated interns opportunities to play a direct role in the upcoming 2020 Primary and General Elections inside and outside of Illinois. 

This program emphasizes the development of core political skills through classroom-style instruction led by elected officials & political professionals and deploy those skills in real-world settings to help create victory for Democratic candidates up and down the ballot. Acceptance to the internship includes training with the Schakowsky Organizing Academy.

This unpaid internship may be eligible for class credit—if so, Team Schakowsky will work with interns to secure necessary approval from accredited educational institutions.

Apply Here! 

Skills Developed Include:

  • Community Organizing
  • Political Messaging
  • Leadership
  • Logistics & Strategic Planning
  • Campaign Field Techniques
  • Proficiency with NGPVAN software
  • Volunteer Management/Training
  • Voter Persuasion & GOTV
  • Event Planning & Staffing
  • Public Speaking/Presentation

Interns must be available Tuesday and Wednesday from 4 to 7 PM between Jan. 21 and May 8

Applications Close: January 3rd, 2020

Internship Start Date: January 21st, 2020

Internship End Date: May 9th, 2020

  • This internship will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:00PM – 7:00PM in Edgewater, and a four-hour commitment over the weekend (Saturday and Sunday options available)
  • Location and hours will vary during the first/second week of April and the first week of May, when interns will participate in the Schakowsky Organizing Academy
  • Interns must commit to a minimum of six hours per week, plus at least three four-hour weekend sessions per month for the duration of the program

Program Requirements:

This internship will require light, local travel periodically and will be based primarily in the Edgewater neighborhood of Chicago, located near Lake Shore Drive, the Red Line, and numerous CTA bus lines.  Interns will be required to travel to Evanston during the Schakowsky Organizing Academy sessions. 

Optional Travel Opportunities Include:

  • Travel to Iowa in January to canvass in key first-state precincts
  • Travel to Iowa February 1-3 for Get Out the Caucus

High-Qualified Applicants Will Possess:

  • Excellent verbal communication skills
  • Volunteer/civic leadership
  • Desire to create progressive change
  • Proficiency with digital media

Apply Here!

Schakowsky for Congress does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor. 

For further questions or inquiries, please contact benhead@janschakowsky.org

 

 

Volunteer with Jan!

Jan needs your help!

Every election, every candidate for public office (including incumbents) need to circulate nominating petitions to thousands of Illinois voters in order to appear on the ballot. Jan and her team of progressive Democrats will begin circulating on September 3rd and continue through November.

We will provide training and all necessary materials.

Sign up here to get involved!

Join us for Jan's Annual BBQ!

Please join Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky for her Annual BBQ benefiting Schakowsky for Congress!
 
When:
Sunday, August 25th
3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
 
To RSVP please contact Sarah Gersten at 847-424-1998 or email sarah@janschakowsky.org