What’s a typical day like?
On a typical workday, everyone meets around 2:00 pm in the conference room at the office. Each week we get briefings on our campaigns and other issues to begin the day. We invite speakers from local activist groups to come in and talk about the projects they’re working on. After that, we travel in our campaign vehicles to the community we will be working in for the day. The team leader gives each staff person a section of homes to go to. In between 4:00 pm and 9:00 pm, we are going door-to-door identifying people who are supportive of the work we do.
Neighbors show their agreement by signing a statement of support and help with the campaign by making a financial contribution. You’ll give them a receipt, and record their information. You will also find interested people who will take an action such as writing a personal letter to the head of a company, or signing up to volunteer on our campaigns.
At 9:00 pm, everyone meets back at the vehicle, drives back to the office, takes care of some paperwork and then leaves the office around 10:00 pm.
This might be a great job for you for the summer or the start of a new career. We emphasize good communication and strong leadership skills. Over 80% of current directors and managers at Ohio Citizen Action got their start in this entry-level position. It’s just one of the reasons Ohio Citizen Action has been named among the “Top 100 Non-Profits to Work For.”*
*Leslie Hamilton, Robert Tragert, 100 Best Nonprofits to Work for, 2nd edition; August 2000, paperback, 288 pages.