The League of Women Voters of California is the best provider of nonpartisan educational information in California, hands down. They publish accessible educational materials (from the Easy Voter Guide to Smart Voter) and organize candidate forums. Trusted and respected because of the outstanding rigor of their work.
I shifted from general volunteer to board member because the work of LWVCEF is so exciting! The new Voters Edge website is exactly the kind of project that voters need to make informed decisions about candidates and issues. The League's profound commitment to nonpartisanship is like a breath of fresh air in politics. This is a group of people with strong and informed opinions who regularly put them aside to focus on what's best for democracy - I know that sounds corny but in the current political environment it's stunning.
This is an organization full of staff and volunteers who are deeply committed to honest, impartial, straight-forward information for voters. I've been volunteering on a committee for a few months now, and I'm so impressed by the dedication to democracy that drives these *incredibly* smart and talented women (and a few men). Democracy isn't just a concept to them - it's a vital activity, and they work really hard to carve out and defend voters' access to useful information that is free from corporate and partisan influence. The CaVotes.org website is a fantastic, high quality, easily accessible resource for voters in California. Possibly the most valuable resource the League offers during elections is their focus on local democracy, local issue information, and voter registration. They make being a well-informed voter much easier! Also, you know that when the League takes a position on something, it's completely trust-worthy, well-researched, and carefully thought out - you don't have to go looking for who funded their opinion.
I give many hours of my time to Smart Voter, LWVC's comprehensive voter education website. I tell people, there are lots of voter ed sites on the web but Smart Voter is the only one that gives you local information. This nonprofit deserves your support.
The League of Women Voters of California is an organization with a stellar reputation and
esteemed history. This is a non-profit organization where I donate my time and money gladly because
the League provides what no other resource can provide; non partisan, free, multilingual resources to help people understand all about elections and voting.
Who invited me to join? or did I join on my own ? It doesn't matter because bottom line, being a member of the League of Women Voters California has enriched my personal and professional life for more than 20 years. There are MEN and women in this volunteer organization who share their skills and time in service of one goal: improving our democracy by engaging more people to become informed and active citizens. The League is unparalleled in its non partisan reputation and also a great place to volunteer or to join as a member, if you want to see real impact on what's important for our future. You don't have to be an expert, the League is a welcoming place for all.
I've always used Smart Voter to assist me in making informed decisions at election time. In addition, I've volunteered with LWVC and was very impressed with their ethics, sincerity, and responsibility in getting things right.
I have been a volunteer with the League of Women Voters for many years and joined because I believe in the mission and purpose of the organization. The League is most concerned with voter registration and then providing education. The League is respected for its study of issues.
Members are offered the opportunity to be involved at the local, state and national levels. Only a small percentage of the dues go to support paid staff. One may feel good about donating to the League because of its education focus, much of which is done by volunteers.
My time volunteering for the League provides huge satisfaction for me -- working on great projects, helping make the community I live in stronger for everyone, and continuing to grow and learn personally.
I have been a volunteer with the League of Women Voters for many years. As we have moved around the country, the League is always one of my first calls in a new community. By joining and volunteering, I am tied in to the community immediately. I always find smart, caring people doing work to make our community better. It's a great place to feel at home and to make the community I live in a little bit stronger.
I first learned of the League of Women Voters from my mother who volunteered as a precinct worker at every election, sharing election duties with civic-minded League members. Years laters as a young stay-at-home mother needing some outside activity to stimulate my days, I joined the League. What a boon it has been to meet and work with so many intelligent people who embrace the same mission for civic engagement, can agree to disagree, can advance their leadership skills, and make a difference in their community! Now, almost 52 years later, I credit my League friends as the most valued assets I have. In the vernacular of the day, they have my back and I have theirs. League membership starts with an understaing of what is, moves toward what can be at the local, state, and national levels of governmet, then sets priorities to actively create more equitable, more doable, more engaged local communities.
For over 30 years I have used and shared election time information frim the League of Women Voters. First print only but growing into a wonderful electronic resource for voter information at all levels of government. Only one reason I am a proud, long time member of the Leaague.
I joined the League in 1975. My mother and two of my sisters belonged to the League and I was fairly new to my community and was looking for like-minded people who shared my interests in government and civic engagement. I have found the League to be a trusted source of information; a place where I could always find a stimulating discussion; an organization with a good deal of gravitas in our City, and a place where it was easy to make lifelong friendships. I have participated in League studies, served on the local League and State Boards, and moderated many public forums. My League friends, male and female, keep me engaged, aware, and knowledgeable. I have had a ton of fun, too!
League's work in the community, educating the voters, promoting civic engagement, registering voters, and studying the issues, is important and worth my support. I wholeheartedly support the League with my time, talent and treasure and hope many others do so, as well.
For over 30 years I have benefitted from my membership in the League of Women Voters. I have served in various capacities on local and state League Boards, and helped with voter registration, candidate's forums, pros and cons meetings on ballot issues, community issues forums, and participated in studies on a myriad of subjects - from Community Colleges to Health Care. So what did I get? A lot of knowledge, many good friends, a sense of contributing to something meaninful and helpful, among other things. Why do I love this organization? It is fair, inclusive, deliberate and does real "stuff." It is respected nation wide for its work. I am proud to be an active member of the League. It is not just for women (my husband is also a member, as are many men; our current local League president is male.) It is not for complainers or whiners, but a place where we can actually DO something to make our political life better and engage in contributing to the civic good. Join the League!