How can i help?

→        Join the Hempfield Democratic Club as a member or a Committee person for your precinct. Members receive notice of activities; dinners; candidate meetings; fund raising activities.

→        Committee Members have prescribed duties that are outlined in a manual. Responsibilities include committee meetings, and get out the vote activities.

 →       Put a Yard sign out for a Democratic Candidate of your choosing.

→        Work an hour or two to prepare a mailing.

→        Volunteer to be at your polling place to represent the Hempfield Democrats or a candidate of your choice.

 →       Like to walk? Help deliver candidates materials in your neighborhood

 →       Donít like to walk? Keep a supply of Democratic literature in your home for pick up by neighbors who want information.

 Help cover mailing costs

Send a Check for  $10 - 20- 50 - 100 Dollars.
Make it payable to:
The Hempfield Area Democratic Committee

Mail To:
Bob Gast
HADC Treasurer
1885 Villa Ct
Lancaster PA 17603

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 Public Service isnít for everyone but good people are needed to become the Democratic voice in Lancaster County.


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99 Things you can do for the Democratic party!



Call or write newly registered voters and welcome them to the Democratic Party.


Create a friendly organization -- always welcome newcomers and remember their names.


Develop a response card to distribute everywhere you go to everyone you meet.


Identify key leaders in base vote communities and get them involved in the Party.


Form a car pool to make it easier for young people and non-drivers to attend meetings.


Pick a Republican official and monitor their public statements, speeches, votes, literature and  press releases.  The information gathered will be very useful to Democratic opponents.


Scout out good sign locations to increase our candidates' visibility.  Know the laws relating to when and where signs can go up.


Pick an issue we care about -- education, choice, veterans -- and recruit people who are involved and interested in that issue.


Locate phones now for use during the campaign.  Use the 3 hours a night by 22 attempted calls per hour formula to determine how many phones and how much time will be needed to meet  goals.


Develop a local Website that the State Party can add as a link to its site.


Compile a history of how Democrats have influenced your district so newcomers will know how important the Democratic Party has been in the community.


Check out potential fundraising and meeting sites that are under represented.


Recruit volunteers from campaigns -- it's a natural progression to move from a campaign to the party structure.


Send names of new activists to the State Party so they can be put in a volunteer data base and receive mailings.


Provide child care at meetings so young families can attend (check insurance first).


Host a neighborhood coffee and invite people in your precinct to learn how to get involved.


Publish a monthly or quarterly newsletter, if you can't afford to mail it, ask volunteers to deliver it door-to-door.


Localize the Party -- use local Democrats and local issues to get people involved.


Monitor voter registration materials in agencies based in your precinct/district/county and make sure everyone served by that agency has the opportunity to register to vote.


Form a Democratic Welcome Wagon and greet new people who move in with materials and in person.


Assist in finding busy areas in your neighborhood which would be good sites for Democratic voter registration.


Match people to their skills and interest to increase participation.


Hold a joint meeting with neighboring towns or districts to increase attendance, especially if you have a guest speaker or special program planned.


Find a graphic artist or student who will design and donate a local logo.


Invite potential activists to a non-fundraising event.


Create institutional history -- keep a journal, scrapbook, history of party organization.


Write monthly letters to the editor promoting Democratic officials and defending the party. Share all copies of letters -- published or not - with the State Party.


Link legislative initiatives to base voters to demonstrate that the Democratic Party is the party of all the people and our issues are their issues.


Learn what the local media will cover, then tailor the nature of your message (not the substance) to generate media coverage that will help us build the local party.


Repeat the Democratic message wherever you go.


Expand regular contracts with leaders of base vote organizations, unions, business associations, environmental groups, women's organizations and other allies.


Develop a volunteer phone tree to be able to initiate rapid response in promoting the Party on talk radio, television and through letters to the editor.


Hold an open "town hall meeting" to solicit ideas, feedback and generate broader involvement.


Keep track of young people who will be 18 years old before the next election so you can register them to vote.


Maintain a master calendar showing all local, state and national election dates, voter registration cutoff dates, early vote and vote-by-mail dates.


Arrange for a "Democratic Day" at a senior center, community center or college.


Always stress the importance of registering with a political party.


Promote vote-by-mail whenever possible.


Be constructive -- the Democratic Party stands for something.


Make copies of all Democratic petitions you circulate - signers are potential activists.


Hold a "Map Party" and color code all precincts by identifying residential areas, apartment units,  mobile home parks and unwalkable areas to be ready for door-to-door canvassing.


Kick off a Democrats Care program -- organize blood drives, adopt a street or park, sponsor a family, etc., to energize volunteers and demonstrate our commitment to community service.


Identify key employers in the local area where there may be opportunities to register  voters, distribute materials and recruit volunteers.


Recognize and thank all volunteers.  Reward those people who have done a lot.


Sponsor a "Call Night" to contact lapsed activists to let them know that they're needed at upcoming events.


Remember Election Board Workers are our representatives at the polls -- find good people to work who will look after our interests.


Have all the tools of the trade you need to do the job -- registration forms, party brochures,  precinct maps, walking lists, etc.


Visit precinct polling places and early voting sites to make sure they are accessible and help us, not hurt us.  Communicate any concerns to the county committee.


Create special name tags or buttons to identify local Democratic volunteers.


Figure out the vote goal for every precinct in 2000 and distribute to precinct committee people so they can plan their precinct work.


Publicize events to increase visibility.


Report issues of concern to the State Party for action, solutions and media opportunities.


Invite your neighbors over to meet local party leadership or a candidate.


Identify individuals who work for a company that has a political action committee, and ask them to put in a plug for the Democratic Party and our candidates.


Neighborhood associations have active, involved members -- reach out to them and invite their leaders and members to get involved in the local party.


When fundraising, ask for a specific amount.  Tell your target what the money will go to and when it is needed.  The more specific the request, the more likely the return.


Organize a sign day close to the election -- when all signs go up the same day, it shows organizational strength and creates momentum.


Constantly remind yourself and others that the work of the Democratic Party at the grassroots level is important and contributes to Democratic victories.


Practice the politics of inclusion -- make special efforts to reach out to young people, seniors, the disability community and members of under represented populations.


Read the National and State Platform.  Both documents are responsive to needs and concerns of many constituent groups and encourage participation.


Organize a local Speakers Bureau in your area to articulate the Democratic message before as many gathers as possible.


Have a Democratic presence at all Naturalization Services with party brochures and registration materials.


Orient and train new activists with workshops on strategy, tactics and structure.


Talk to Democratic elected officials about constituent groups they come into contact with and develop a plan to reach out to and involve these groups.


Talk back -- call in to talk radio shows, speak up in citizen forums, write letters to the editor and write to your elected officials.


Target - you can't and don't have to reach everyone.  Identify high turnout and Democratic performance precincts for volunteer recruitment and petition signatures.


We believe in education so sponsor a tutoring project or essay writing contest with a small prize.


Always remember a direct appeal from one person to another in the most effective way to recruit volunteers, raise money and elect Democrats.


Put the spotlight on local Democratic officials that are doing good jobs and Democratic programs that are working


Communicate with elected officials.  Real letters from real people count.


Run for office.  Don't let a school board, city council or legislative seat go uncontested.


Help local candidates prepare for the campaign by taking advantage of every opportunity for positive visibility.


Attend local school board, city council and county commission meetings to provide input on public policy and legislation.


Find out what openings there are on local boards and commissions meetings to provide input on public policy and legislation.


Give talks to high school government classes that explain what it means to be a Democrat and the history of the party locally and nationally.


Send names of supportive letter writers to the State Party so they can be asked to join the party's letter writing program.


Use Union shops whenever possible for convention sites, literature, signs, banners, etc.


Visit the Democratic National Committee's Website at


Compile lists of people who vote in city and bond elections - they are good potential volunteers.


Target and develop constructive issues for our party and our candidates.


Conduct a poll using volunteers to determine important issues to local voters, test a Democratic message and local candidates' name recognition.


Always start and stop Democratic meetings on time while allotting enough time for participation.


Ask a friendly business to prominently display voter registration materials.


Lead -- make sure everyone is pulling together despite minor differences (create a gossip-free environment).


Keep careful records of all phone banks and canvasses to avoid duplicating efforts.


Continually define differences between Democrats and Republicans.


Always turn in completed voter registration forms for Democrats within the period required by law.


Coordinate voter registration drives with other pro-Democratic organizations to avoid overlap.


Build a Fax Tree for the State Party by collecting fax numbers and creating a Rapid Response structure.


Keep track of informal/occasional Democrats who will participate in some ways without taking on leadership responsibilities.


Delegate work -- recruit a mobile home park resident or apartment dweller who will register new Democrats to vote.


Persuade voters with a message built on the 5 C's -- Clear, Compelling, Contrasting, Concise and Connected.


Call the State Party if you need something -- chances are they can help.


Write a check.


Always ask -- will this produce a Democratic vote?


Stage a house party where friends and neighbors can listen to a leading Democrat and write a check to the county or state party.


Institutionalize monthly volunteer nights where old and new activists can get together to do the work that the party needs done -- build a calendar of events from now until election day.


Recruit precinct captains to fill our unfilled precincts -- provide training.


Never vote for a Republican.