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“It’s key that we communicate the message that voting is accessible and that being a voter is personally empowering,” said Yoel Solís, a recent participant in Project Vote’s new Nonprofit Partners Initiative.
Project Vote is proud to announce the launch of the Nonprofit Partners Initiative. Project Vote will now offer free, in-person trainings to nonprofit frontline staff and support service-provider organizations such as food banks, community centers, and housing programs in bringing voter registration to their communities.
Many nonprofits work with communities that face significant barriers in registering to vote and voting. Service organizations can assist and encourage those communities to participate in today’s democracy in a way few other organizations can. In turn, through voter registration, nonprofits provide an additional service to their communities, build a base of supporters, and strengthen their voice in state advocacy.
This month, as part of the launch of the program, Project Vote organizers traveled to Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Arizona.