Calling for reinforcements to travel to Iowa!
The Bernie Sanders campaign is still in great need of volunteers. From this point forward, please sign up using their official process.
Also, you can choose a field office near where you are willing to travel and give them a call to ask if they could use your help at their location. You can find their phone numbers easily at map.berniesanders.com or berniesanders.com/iowa.
If you’re traveling into the state and you have a few extra seats, please consider posting a carpool on Bernie’s website here. You can list one here https://go.berniesanders.com/page/event/create. On the drop down, choose “Carpool to an early primary state” and then fill out the details of when and where you’re headed. If you’re wanting to go into the state but don’t have a ride, consider checking Bernie’s site for car pooling events, in your local Slack or Bernie Facebook groups.
Hi, my name is Alexander and I’m a volunteer with the Bernie Sanders campaign. I’m tasked with helping to funnel new volunteers into Iowa during the home-stretch up until the February 1st caucuses.
So, what is this?
The campaign has other channels to bring in new volunteers. If you have submitted your information to one of those, great! Hopefully, they will get in touch with you. But many people have expressed interest and haven’t been followed up with yet, or have heard from the campaign once but have yet to gotten any assignment or instructions yet.
Think of this project as the “fast track” into Iowa. This is for people who are ready and willing to jump into Iowa head-first. I have direct contact with field officers within the state and can place you into an area as soon as… right now.
We need your help. We’re pretty well-off in the big cities, but those make up only a number of caucus events. There are dozens of other caucuses throughout the state and those regions are currently significantly understaffed.
This project is intended to bring much-needed reinforcements into the understaffed rural areas of Iowa. If we can get enough volunteers into these areas, we will win Iowa. You can absolutely make a difference in this campaign and swing the momentum into Bernie’s favor.
What will I be doing in Iowa?
You’ll probably be canvassing, or going to visit people who are open to the idea of caucusing for Bernie Sanders. At the field office, you’ll get a list of addresses to visit within an area. You’ll drive (or ride along) to the area, park, and walk to the addresses that need to be visited.
Once you are there, you’ll answer any questions that the caucusgoer has about Bernie Sanders and encourage them to attend their local caucus event on February 1st. Most of these people have been visited before, but some of them might be new leads found through phone banking.
All incoming volunteers will receive training upon arrival. Other administrative or organizational tasks might be requested as well.
Is this legit? Why is this not on BernieSanders.com
Because this is a grassroots project being run by a volunteer, not by the Bernie Sanders platform. I’m acting as a middle-man “connector” between you and campaign staff on the ground. I have many friends in the campaign and have the ability to get people assigned to field offices really quickly.
What if I have free time, but can’t afford to get to Iowa?
Unfortunately, the campaign is unable to provide financial assistance. You’ll need to find your own way to Iowa.
Does the campaign provide food?
There is currently no infrastructure in place to regularly provide food to volunteers, sorry. Please bring along some cash and cards to purchase food at local supermarkets and/or restaurants.
Does the campaign provide lodging?
Yes. While we cannot provide money for food or travel expenses, what we are happy to provide you is a warm bed to sleep at night.
Where will I be sleeping?
It depends on where you are volunteering but generally, volunteers will be sleeping in areas donated to us by Bernie Sanders supporters. Many local Iowa residents have volunteered to house Bernie Sanders volunteers in their extra bedrooms. When you get here, we will absolutely provide you with a place to stay.
In a worst case scenario, you might be on an air mattress on a floor. But nobody said the political revolution was going to be easy ;-). While we cannot offer you a 5-star hotel room, we can guarantee that you will have a warm and safe place to stay.
Where should I travel to?
If you are flying, bussing, or taking the train in, travel to Des Moines. From there you can get a rental car.
For those without the ability to drive or rent a car, we’ll send the Bernie van to pick you up and drop you at your field office. We’ll be emailing you an address of a field office to report to. (THIS IS NOW OUTDATED as of January 27, during the final weekend, it is unlikely that the campaign can shuttle volunteers)
What if I have a group of people?
That’s great. Please just indicate that while signing up. Yes, you can stay and work together if you want.
Do I need to have a car?
You don’t need to have a car, but it is definitely preferred. However, if you don’t have a car, we definitely still need you! The sign-up form has a spot to indicate whether you can use your car (or a rental) or not. If you don’t have a car, we’ll likely pair you with somebody who does upon arrival or have you canvass in a major city with great public transportation.
When do you need me?
We could use you as early as right now. Seriously, indicate that you’re free “today” on the sign-up form and we’ll get you assigned today. In an ideal world, you can come help out for an entire week or longer, up until the end of caucus day on February 1st (you can either head home then or stay until the morning of February 2nd). But we are also looking for a large number of people to come in on Thursday, January 28, and stay until the morning of Tuesday, February 2.
Those are ideals. If you can only come during the weekend, we can definitely use you. Just please indicate your availability on the sign-up form. We need any and all of the help that we can get.
What do I need to bring?
- Please bring a form of identification (a passport, license, permit, social security card, voter registration, etc) so that we can verify your identity.
- It is cold and you’ll be outside walking a lot, so please dress in warm layers!
- Please pack food or bring money to buy food upon arrival.
- Please bring a cellular phone so that the field office can get in contact with you, and you can get in contact with them! If you have extra batteries for the phone, it would be a good idea to bring them.
- Your enthusiasm. We are going to win this with your help!
This program has been discontinued. Read this email for more information.
Please fill out this form and we’ll be in touch. (link removed)
Please do not fill out this form and then automatically assume you are assigned and have a place to stay. Please wait for a campaign staffer to contact you and confirm your assignment before booking tickets.