Subject: [NYCGA Internet] Re: [september17discuss] Fwd: Volunteer coordination
From: Matthew Bralow
Date: Mon, 10 Oct 2011 10:49:28 -0400
To: Amy Offner
CC: Jesse Alexander Myerson <>,,,,

i think there is a technical team that wants to implement some type of
workflow / ticketing system where people can post volunteer needs and
someone can sign up to take care of it online and then follow-up and
close ticket when done.  kind of like what IT and customer service
departments use.  technical team:  i am cc'ing..  can someone please
coordinate with outreach, information and other working groups that
can utilize this system? how soon can we get access and training?
will there be an area where public volunteer opportunities can be
listed and anyone from the public with time and energy can sign up and
get needed tasks done, and update the ticket themselves?  matt

On Mon, Oct 10, 2011 at 10:35 AM, Amy Offner <> wrote:
Matt and Jesse,

Just wanted to check in and see if there had been any decision about the
ideas below.

Also, I'm happy to see that the OWS Journal has been translated into
Spanish.  If you need more materials translated, I think I could round up
some Spanish-speaking volunteers to help.


2011/10/3 Amy Offner <>


Thanks for your note.  I think it's a great idea for the committees to
come up with work for volunteers to do.  When I've been at OWS I haven't
seen individual information tables for each committee, so it might be
clearer to passers-by if a central list was kept at the main information

Thanks for bringing this to the GA.  Keep in touch and let us know how we
can help.


2011/10/2 Matthew Bralow <>

amy, several other people actually had this idea too and i was going
to propose it! perhaps each committee (if relevant) can come up with a
list of things that volunteers from the general public can help out
with.  keep the list updated and have a copy at their respective
information table as well as ONLINE on our website(s)!... will propose
at next GA that all committees put a list like this together.  i know
many people have been doing a lot of work to make this movement
happen, but it seems a lot of people are simply hanging out at OWS...
which is ok, but it would be nice if they could be ENGAGED in
something that will help the movement grow!  this can be a way to
immediately get people signed up and put to work.  other people's
thoughts?  matt

On Sun, Oct 2, 2011 at 6:02 PM, J.A. Myerson <>
Great ideas. Anyone want to liaise with her about implementation or
some of these are already being done? I'm too out of the loop.

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Amy Offner <>
Date: Sat, Oct 1, 2011 at 9:17 AM
Subject: Volunteer coordination
Cc: Austin Guest <>, Matthew Skomarovsky
<>, Yesenia Barragan <>

Hi Jesse,

I'm following up on our conversation a few nights ago about creating a
system for integrating short-term volunteers -- people who drop by for
hour or two and want to help out.  You asked for a proposal that you
take to the general assembly.  My friends Senia, Matthew, Austin, and I
on this email) came up with the idea below and are happy to help
it.  All of us work and can't be at the occupation all the time, but
contribute some time to getting this up and running.

The basic idea has two parts:

I. On the website, prominently list things that people can bring as
donations, including:
- Materials to make noisemakers (empty laundry detergent bottles with
pennies inside, etc.)
- Food, utensils, napkins
- Money
- A ream of paper to make leaflets
- Art supplies
- Hand sanitizer
- Umbrellas, ponchos
- If they have any credit card offers they received in the mail, bring
postage-paid return envelope.  People at the occupation can write a
to the bank and drop it in the mail.

II. Expand the welcome booth on Broadway, and create a second one on
other side of the park.  Add a big sign overhead reading "Want to help
but only have an hour? Be a short-term volunteer."  Have a 1-page
ready with a list of things people can do.  The handout can also
include a
list of nearby public bathrooms and the name and contact information
for one
person from each working group.  At the table, there should also be
supplementary materials needed for different tasks (materials listed
below).  Tasks could include:

1. Phonebanking to enlist support from organizations and public
Give volunteers a list to call, and a list of actions they can ask
supporters to take -- for instance, add their name to a public list of
supporters, speak or perform at an event, turn out members to an event,
write a blog post or letter to the editor, make a donation, etc.
Groups to
call: labor, immigrant, civil rights, civil liberties, LGBT, feminist,
environmental, housing, and politically active religious and arts

2. Phonebanking to solicit food donations from restaurants,

3. Leafleting at Zuccotti Park and bank offices in Lower Manhattan.

4. Photocopying leaflets

5. Cleaning

6. Calling public officials (local, state, and national) to express
for the protest and complain about police brutality.  Give people a
list of
numbers and suggested talking points.

7. Calling media to ask why they aren't covering the occupation.  Give
people a list of numbers and suggested talking points.

8. Outreach to businesses around Zuccotti Park that might not
what's going on but could become allies.

9. Making public art to spread the occupation's presence throughout the
city.  For instance, if the table had a simple stencil design for
reading "#OccupyWallStreet," short-term volunteers could make copies to
home, hang in their windows, and give to their neighbors to do the
same.  Or
provide templates to write acrostics about banks.

10. Holding umbrellas over people and equipment to allow work to
continue in
the rain

11. Calling high-level bank officials to express support for the
occupation.  Give people numbers and suggested talking points.

12. Make T-shirts reading "I want this bank to pay its taxes.
#OccupyWallStreet."  Volunteers can put on a T-shirt, walk into a bank
the neighborhood, and do a variety of things (ask to speak to the CEO,
to see the bank's financial statements, ask to open a checking account,
whatever) until they get thrown out.

13. Buying food, umbrellas, ponchos


Thanks for everything you're doing.  Let us know what you think and how
can help.

Amy, Austin, Matthew, and Senia

J.A. Myerson