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Campaigns and Elections: Calling all volunteers

AARP has a long history of working with members and volunteers during election season. Between now and Election Day in November, we're looking for a few key volunteer leaders to help manage our campaigns and elections work in communities around our incredible state.

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AARP Maine volunteers stand behind State President Rich Livingston while addressing a committee hearing at the Augusta Statehouse.

Our goals are always to educate, inform, and inspire the 50+ voter (and their families) on the issues that are and will impact them in their own communities. Issues like strengthening Social Security in a time where more than a quarter of women in Maine rely on the program for 100% of their income. Or fighting for family caregivers in Maine who collectively save our healthcare system $2.2 billion a year helping loved ones heal at home and not in the hospital. The issue of prescription drug reform is not just a financial concern but an addiction and community concern, too. Perhaps most importantly, fighting to make sure programs like Medicare (healthcare for those 65+) and Medicaid (basic healthcare for low-income families and those who need long-term care in Maine) aren't cut, weakened, or made more complex than they already are.

We're sure you'd agree: if you or a loved one is 50 or older, there are PLENTY of issues to be  addressing this election season. The good news? 50+ voters in Maine turnout. Maine continues to have one of the highest turnout rates in the country and we want to make sure that 2018 is no different.

That's where you come in. We're looking for local volunteer leaders around Maine who will help make sure that these issues are front and center between now and November 6th.

Key Roles

Here are two key roles we hope you'll consider applying for:

  • Bird-Dog Lead: To bird-dog is to “observe, follow, monitor and/or seek out with persistent attention.” Making candidates accountable for their words and actions is an integral part of effective bird-dogging. The 2018 campaign is full of opportunities to observe, follow, and monitor candidates running for office around Maine. The Statewide Bird-dog Lead is responsible for being the primary point of contact for AARP members and volunteers reporting back after a candidate event or engagement in their community.

Download the  Birddog Lead Job Description  here.

  • Community Election Lead: The Community Lead volunteer position will focus on helping make sure AARP Maine has a presence at local community events around the state in a strategic effort to engage Maine voters and candidates heading into November. They will will help make sure that key issues like healthcare, Social Security, Medicare, Rx reform, and others are front and center wherever communities gather.

Download the Community Events Lead Job Description here.

Both roles will require approximately 8-12 hours a week especially as we head into the fall season. Both roles will report to AARP Maine's Community Outreach Director, Jay Els.

REMINDER: AARP Maine is a non-partisan, non-profit organization representing 230,000 members in the state of Maine. AARP does not endorse candidates for office nor give money to candidates or their campaigns. We take non-partisanship seriously and remain focused on the issues at all times. We ask all applicants to be currently unaffiliated from any candidate's campaign.

Want to apply?

TO APPLY: Send a resume and brief letter of interest to with the subject line, "Campaigns and Elections Volunteer."

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