Last weekend, 20 staff members and activists from NARAL’s South Dakota, Minnesota, Missouri, and Colorado affiliates were brought together for an intensive training on canvassing best practices. Attendees learned about the importance of door-to-door community engagement as a tool to build membership and raise critical funds for reproductive freedom. This summit served as the launch of the South Dakota summer canvass to organize to protect the state’s last remaining abortion clinic.
The summit is integral to NARAL’s aggressive, state-centric plan to build a nationwide network of pro-choice activists who will fight to defend and expand our reproductive freedom, including access to abortion and contraception.
The efforts of national and affiliate staff were featured in Sioux Falls largest paper, the Argus Leader.
The Summit was undoubtedly a success! In less than five hours, the newly-trained team:
- Knocked on nearly 1,000 doors in Sioux Falls
- Had over 300 conversations about TRAP laws
- Signed up over 100 new pro-choice supporters
- Raised almost $2,000 dollars
- Garnered attention of SD electeds and candidates interested in collaborating with NARAL
- Caught the eye of local anti-choice groups
What’s more, the canvassers IDed folks on the door and found that the majority of the donors were registered Republicans. This finding inspired and motivated the attendees—especially the South Dakota team— as it further proved that 7 in 10 Americans support our work, regardless of political affiliation.
Susan Kroger, executive director of the South Dakota affiliate, says:
“I would like to thank the national team for choosing to invest in South Dakota and for helping us to organize this summit. For this first time in South Dakota we have a paid canvass team and we are set to grow our membership exponentially. South Dakota needs us, and we couldn’t have done this without National’s investment.”
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