Any Massachusetts resident who has an valid ID card issued by the RMV can register online to vote. And even if you don’t— and you don’t have the time to go to the Town Clerk’s office— you can request a mail-in form by emailing them here. You're already be registered to vote? You could have parents, children, partners, colleagues, and friends who are not. Check in and encourage them to do the same!
Perhaps you know a lot about women's healthcare, but you're less familiar with environmental policies. Maybe you're well-versed in education policy but you want to learn about the Black Lives Matter movement. The links below contain excellent resources that function as a great starting point to learn about the issues.
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Make Your Voice Heard
I am always excited to hear from constituents who are looking to make their opinions known. If you have questions and concerns about an issue, call or write me or your Federal Representatives and Senators and let them know!
Write Letters to the Editor and Op-Eds
Letters to the editor and opinion editorials are excellent ways to reach a large audience. Suggest an idea. Influence public opinion. Educate folks. Publicize the great work of a local organization and attract volunteer. Encourage others to take action on a specific issue. Advocate at the Legislature
In addition to reaching out to your own legislators, who may often already be on board with what you're advocating on, it is useful to submit written (or in-person) testimony by e-mail (or in person) when a bill you support (or oppose) has a hearing. Every bill gets a hearing at some point, usually with many bills together in one day. Committees take your testimony into account in crafting edits to bills or deciding whether to support them. You can e-mail testimony to the House and Senate co-chairs of the committee that is holding the hearing.
There are plenty of amazing organizations out there that could use your time. Here a list of places working to make our country’s tomorrow even better than today:
Amherst Community Arts Center is an organization devoted to furthering visual arts education in the Pioneer Valley where people of all ages and abilities can come together and learn about art and creating.
The American Civil Liberties Union is a national organization committed to defending and preserving the individual rights and liberties guaranteed by the Constitution and laws of the United States.
The Anti-Defamation League is one of the most respected and reputable organizations fighting anti-Semitism and bigotry in the United States. The local chapter works toward education, funding and support for marginalized communities, especially within the workplace and schools.
Amherst Survival Center is an area resource providing food, clothing, health and community through volunteer efforts.
Birthday Wishes Inc. seeks volunteers to help bring birthday parties to homeless children in shelters across western Massachusetts.
CAIR's Boston Area chapter uses outreach, engagement and empowerment to help counter Islamophobia.
Food Bank of Western Massachusetts seeks volunteers interested in a hands-on experience to help sort donated food items at their Hatfield facility. This is a vital part of their food redistribution process and the Food Bank has an ongoing need for more volunteers.
Girl Scouts Of Central And Western Massachusetts is seeking fun, enthusiastic individuals to serve as role models to girls ages 5 to 11. Volunteers will develop meaningful relations with girls and adults; explore areas of STEM, arts and crafts, animals and more while mentoring girls to feel empowered to be leaders.
Highland Valley Elder Services Ombudsman Program is a federally mandated advocacy service for nursing home and rest home residents. Ombudsmen are volunteers trained to assist residents of nursing and rest homes with benefits, rights and entitlements guaranteed under federal, state and local laws.
Human Resources Unlimited (HRU) seeks out knowledge and opportunities for the implementation of innovative pre-employment and employment services in order to maximize opportunities for the personal growth and independence of disabled and disadvantaged people.
Massachusetts 4-H Program seeks adult volunteers needed for a couple of hours each month to serve as club leaders for local 4-H clubs. Leaders provide skills from their own areas of expertise while developing meaningful relationships with youth ages 5 to 18.
Nature Conservancy of Massachusetts is the leading conservation organization working around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people.
Overlook Hospice Team is looking for volunteers in Amherst, Hadley, and surrounding communities to provide companionship, respite care and support to hospice patients and their families.
Planned Parenthood offers affordable and accessible healthcare services to all genders. The organization also focuses on education and advocacy.
RAINN (the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network) is a champion against sexual violence. It operates the National Sexual Assault Hotline and offers victim services, public education, public policy, consulting and training.
Student Bridges works to increase college access and success for underrepresented students by building partnerships with local schools and community organizations; offering college awareness, preparation and success activities; and advocating for enhanced institutional and public policies and practices.
Run For Office
If you are worried about the future, dig in your heels. Get some friends together and get on the ballot. Run for school committee. Run for select board. Run for Town Meeting. Or, you know, if you don't like what I'm doing, run for State Rep :)