Making Democracy Work

Getting Involved

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Become a part of the League of Women Voters! For more information on how to join, click here.

There are many possible ways for you to participate actively in the League's work. Once you join, you will learn of volunteer opportunities through the League's newsletter (the VOTER), by signing up to receive email announcements, by attending unit meetings, or by coming back to this website.

You can also email our Volunteer Coordinator

No time?

The League has a guilt-free policy for its members. You can join and participate as much or as little as you like. Many active members were inactive for years, then increased their participation as their lives changed.

LWVLA Units

Joining a local unit is a way to meet members in your neighborhood. Get answers to Frequently Asked Questions about units including meeting times and locations.

To learn about the LWVLA Units near your area, call the office at (213)368-1616 for more information.

League Committees

Much of the League's Work is done through committees.

VOTER SERVICE: Registering voters, conducting candidate forums, analyzing ballot measures and speaking on state and local ballot measures. Chair, Roz Tyson, voterservice@LWVlosangeles.org.

ACTION: Advocacy and lobbying based on League positions. Chair, Elizabeth Ralston, action@LWVlosangeles.org.

PROGRAM: Assist in organizing educationalevents and conferences and League program planning. Chair, Maria Montero, program@LWVlosangeles.org.

Education/Advocacy 2013-2015

CITY RETIREMENT BENEFITS: LWVLA will continue to advocate for reform of Los Angeles City Retirement Benefits based on its positions and will educate members and city residents about the issue. Chair, Elizabeth Ralston, action@LWVlosangeles.org.

CARBON REDUCTION & CLIMATE CHANGE: The LWVLA addresses climate change at the local level by educating the community about climate change and by advocating for actions by local agencies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Chair, Margie Engel, green@LWVlosangeles.org.

EDUCATION: Oversight of LAUSD. Co-chairs, Ida Mae Windham and Fran Lapides.

GUN SAFETY: Educate members and the public, and advocate for support based on League positions. Barbara Clegg, gunsafety@LWVlosangeles.org.

INSTANT RUN-OFF VOTING: Advocacy of Instant Runoff Voting for single seat elections. Chair, David Holtzman.

Studies 2011-2013

A part of the League dedicated to research on issues, interviews, and reaching member consensus.

CITY FINANCE: Research and propose LWVLA position on the impact of city employee pension plans on the city budget. Committee Co-chairs, Jane Goichman and Elizabeth Ralston

HOUSING/HOMELESSNESS: League Day: Update LWVLA position. Consultant, Barbara Braunstein and Carlos Medina.

INITIATIVE AND REFERENDUM: Delegates to the recent state convention adopted this study to update and improve the Initiative and Referendum Process position.

CALIFORNIA'S FINANCING FOR EDUCATION: A study regarding State and Local Finances, including those for education.

FEDERAL ROLE IN PUBLIC EDUCATION: This adopted study will focus on the role of the federal government in education policymaking, with possible consideration of funding, common standards and/or governance relationships among all levels of the government. The scope will be dependent on available resources, including committee and LWVUS staff time.

PRIVATIZATION: The policy agenda to transfer government functions, services and assets to the private sector.

Special Projects

YOUTH ENGAGEMENT: Running, Winning and Serving is a multi-year project and annual event that connects high school students with elected officials on a personal basis. Co-chairs, Carolina Goodman and Ida Mae Windham, youth@lwvlosangeles.org.

INTERNS: Mentor, train and integrate interns into LWVLA. Mona Field and Zhita Rea, internships@LWVlosangeles.org.

ELECTION MANAGEMENT SERVICES: Manage elections for community organizations such as home owners associations, public housing developments, and governing boards. Contact the League office at em@LWVlosangeles.org or call 213-368-1616 for quote.

VOTER NEWSLETTER: Be our editor, submit relevant articles and/or edit monthly articles, suggest changes in editorial policy. Design and assemble electronic version for e-blast distribution.

SMART VOTER: Contact candidates and invite their participation in SmartVoter.org, the League's award-winning website. Researching materials for posting at SmartVoter.org. Chair, Roz Tyson, voterservice@LWVlosangeles.org.

LEGISLATIVE INTERVIEWS: Interview Los Angeles members of the legislature on League issues on state League positions (LWVC in February & March). Elizabeth Ralston, action@LWVlosangeles.org.

LOS ANGELES: STRUCTURE OF CITY GOVERNMENT: Participate in the update and e-book production of our signature publication.

Organizational Maintenance

MEMBERSHIP COMMITTEE: Assist with welcome calls, event planning, database maintenance, mailings, recruitment and engagement initiatives. Chair, Amelia MacRae, membership@LWVlosangeles.org.

EDUCATION FUND: Our fundraising organization. Expand the use and distribution of book, Los Angeles: Structure of City Government, fundraise, event planning, planning for Awards Dinner and Civic Society Salon. Chair, Mira Hashmall.

Civic Society: Salon planning of this unique opportunity to meet L.A. leaders in an intimate setting. Co-chairs, Renee Chanon & Carryl Carter.

COMMUNICATIONS: Expand LWVLA's use of PR tools, media database, media outreach planning, community outreach, e-newsletter, social media. communications@LWVlosangeles.org

WEBSITE: Maintain, update, and expand public website at www.LWVlosangeles.org.

FINANCE COMMITTEE: Assist in asset investment strategy and oversight. Chair, Carrie Hidding.

UNIT ADMINISTRATION: Be our unit chair, unit action volunteer, unit membership volunteer. Help organize and run regional meetings. Assist with education of members on action items and membership drives.




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