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Civic Engagement Volunteer

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Karen Organization of Minnesota

  • 1 person is interested
Phone Banking

Purpose/objective: KOM partners with CAPI to increase civic engagement, especially among Asian Pacific Islander American communities. This is done through voter education and community outreach to make sure everyone who is eligible is registered to vote and is educated about the voting process. Hta Thi Yu Moo is the Civic Engagement Coordinator for KOM.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Reach people by phone through phone banking to encourage them to register to vote and/or pledge to vote in the 2020 elections.
  • Attend a Zoom training led by CAPI USA at the beginning of the phone banking shift

Time commitment: Commit to one or more 3-hour shifts from 5:00 - 8:00pm, Tuesday and Thursday evenings, from September 29th - October 22nd. Phone banking for Get Out The Vote is happening October 30th - November 3rd, with 3 hours shifts available between 8:00am and 8:00pm. Volunteers will be sent a link to sign up for a phone banking shift after applying.

Location: Phone bank from home, and stay connected to the shift leaders through Zoom.

Qualifications: Reliable individuals with good communication skills who have a passion for outreach and civic engagement. Must have access to a phone and computer for joining the training through Zoom and making phone calls. Ability to speak multiple languages, especially languages spoken by Asian American communities in Minnesota (Karen, Karenni, Thai, Hmong, Vietnamese, Lao, etc.) is a plus.

Measures: Volunteers are required to log their hours with KOM Civic Engagement Coordinator

Benefits: Volunteers can develop their knowledge of the electoral process within a democratic political system. They also have the opportunity to work with a diverse community, and build their over the phone communication skills.

How to apply/contact: Please complete KOM’s Volunteer Application online ( http://www.mnkaren.org/volunteer.htm ) or contact Suzanne Olive to receive a paper application. Volunteers will complete an interview and an orientation to the voter engagement project (phone banking training is provided at the beginning of each phone banking shift). The volunteer will be connected with the Civic Engagement Coordinator to learn more and sign up for volunteer shifts.

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About Karen Organization of Minnesota


2353 Rice Street, Suite 240, Roseville, MN 55113, US

Mission Statement

Enhance the quality of life for all refugees from Burma in Minnesota.


Refugees from Burma, mostly from the Karen ethnic group, have been the largest group arriving in the United States for the past 7 years. After fleeing their home country and spending years in refugee camps, Karen people are eager to start their new lives here and build a better future for their children. More than 9,000 Karen and other refugees from Burma now live in St. Paul and its surrounding area, making it the largest Karen community in the country. Offering a wide variety of services in the heart of the Karen community in St. Paul, KOM has quickly become the "go-to" location for refugees from Burma to receive help from staff who share their language and culture. KOM serves over 1,500 refugees from Burma each year in one or more of its core programs: Employment Services, Social Services, Community Health, and Youth Academic and Social Support. In addition, hundreds of refugees come to KOM each month for assistance with various needs that aren’t covered by existing programs, such as reading mail, filling out paperwork, and advocating for their legal rights. Without this support, many refugees would be at risk of losing their jobs, housing, or other resources that give their family stability as they adjust to life in America. TA BLUT DOE MAH (thank you so much) for your support!

Immigrants & Refugees


Tue Sep 29, 2020 - Tue Nov 03, 2020
05:00 PM - 08:00 PM  


This is a Virtual Opportunity, with no fixed address.


  • Basic Computer Skills
  • Bilingual




  • Orientation or Training
  • One or more 3-hour shifts, 5:00 – 8:00pm, Tuesday and Thursday evenings, September 29th – October 22nd. GOTV phone banking: 3 hours shifts 8:00am-8:00pm, October 30th – November 3rd.

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