Team Coordinators are the connectors to volunteer networks within Community Action Teams (CAT). Team Coordinators build our volunteer base, take action, and plan for maximum impact on our issues. For each organized network within a CAT, we recommend at least 2 Team Coordinators. Team Coordinators spend about an hour per week on average throughout the year.
Training: Team Coordinators will be trained on the following basics:
- Talking about Planned Parenthood Community Action Teams
- How to organize a gathering
- How to ask others for commitment and action
- How to effectively turnout
- How to convene productive meetings
Team Coordinators build a Community Action Team by organizing their personal networks; they coordinate volunteers for team actions and helps strategically plan activities so that the Team has the greatest possible impact.
1) Building the Community Action Team-Each Team Coordinator organizes 5-10 committed volunteers within their personal network initially. Responsibilities include:
- Recruiting new volunteers through gatherings, presentations, house parties, one-on-one conversations, or other Community Action Team events.
- Recruiting other Team Coordinators.
- Contacting CAT volunteers annually to recommit to volunteering.
- Keeping Team Coordinator and volunteer list current, including phone numbers and email.
2) Taking Action-Team Coordinators help organize team actions, such as phone banking, door-to-door canvassing, calling or writing to decisionmakers, and turnout out to rallies, hearings or other events. Specific duties include:
- Making turnout calls to ensure adequate attendance to monthly volunteer activities.
- Coordinating the activities, including assigning and preparing volunteers for roles in order to develop their leadership.
- Ensuring that volunteers that are working with data or within the health center are receiving specialized Planned Parenthood training and clearance.
3) Planning-Team Coordinators have the opportunity to develop strategy for the team. They do this by:
- Setting Community Action Team goals annually
- Representing their network within the Community Action Team. Team Coordinators of the Community Action Team may meet to kick-off the Community Action Team or set planning meetings
Benefits of being a Team Coordinator:
- Opportunity to make significant impact on reproductive justice issues in a limited amount of time.
- Develop high-level advocacy, leadership and organizational skills.
- Gain greater understanding about issues regarding women, family-planning, reproductive justice, health and sex education.
- Ongoing support by a staff organizer to ensure your growth and preparation.
- Opportunity to shape local and state-level political decisions.
Expectations: to be effective and to work in a respectful and professional way, we both agree to:
1) Be timely-we will reply to each others’ calls and email within 24 hours (unless out of town); come to meetings on time; give each other notice if a cancellation is necessary.
2) Provide honest feedback-we will give each other direct feedback. If either of us have a concern related to our organizing effort, we will share it with each other. Since we are both mission-driven, we understand to always take each other at our best when giving and receiving feedback.
3) Prepare and train-we agree to come prepared to meetings and engage in trainings.
- Project Management
- People Skills
- Community Outreach
- Relationship Building
Good Match For
Requirements & Commitment
- Orientation or Training