VCET Weekly Update

Next Partner Meeting

Our next partner meeting will take place on Thursday, October 25th at our Newport News office (12448 Warwick Blvd.). We will start at 2 PM and end around 4 PM. More info will be shared next week.

Oppose Virginia COMPASS – Public Comment Period

Medicaid expansion was approved this past General Assembly session, but the state also proposed a Medicaid waiver called Virginia COMPASS that will threaten health coverage access for tens of thousands of Virginians. There are only 8 days left to submit public comments to oppose Virginia COMPASS. Click here to submit a public comment before the October 20th deadline.

“TRAP” Restrictions – Public Comment Period

The Virginia Board of Health recently announced its plans to review “TRAP” restrictions on Virginia abortion providers. The 30-day public comment period on the regulations is now open and it’s crucial that the Board hears from as many abortion rights advocates as possible. Submit a public comment to the Board through a public comment page, here.

VCET Monthly Newsletter – Civic Circle

Each month we put together a newsletter to email to volunteers, event attendees and community members who wish to learn more about our work. The newsletter goes out the first weekday of each month and it shows highlights, policy updates, upcoming events, volunteer opportunities and job ads. Please send this type of information to Freddie at by the third Friday of each month if you’d like to recommend a piece for what we call the Civic Circle.

Prepare for Year-End Giving

Current and potential donors will contribute nearly $44 Billion in the last 31 days of 2018 according to Network for Good. Their team is hosting a webinar on Thursday, October 18th at 1 PM that is designed to help you achieve your fundraising goals. It will give a preview of tools, technology and timelines used in successful funding campaigns. Click here to register for the free webinar and to receive their eGuide: The 5 Fundamentals of Data-Driven Fundraising.

For a More Just & Equitable World Training: November 12th and 13th – Location Announced

You can now register for our next For a More Just & Equitable World (A Workshop for White People Ready to Work on Racism). The class will be held in on November 12th and 13th from 9 AM to 5 PM atUniversity of Richmond – Downtown (626 E. Broad St., Richmond, VA). We want to make sure we are working to remove as many barriers as possible to participation. Please let us know if there are obstacles we can help with! The participants in the last class gave it rave reviews. “I wasn’t sure what to expect from this training going in, but I found it to be a really good experience. The trainers were great, thoughtful, and supportive. Over and over again I found us thinking and talking about something familiar and comfortable (our personal experiences or life at a progressive organization) and then, very naturally and subtly, the trainers pivoted the conversation and all of the sudden we were discussing the same idea or topic through the lens of racial equity. It sounds simple, but I found this approach to be really helpful and insightful. It made me think more critically about my own worldview and helped me realize the full extent to which our personal experiences with the same system or environment can vary.”

Data Tip of the Week


Virginia’s Voter Registration deadline is Monday, October 15, 2018. Remind unregistered voters that they have until midnight, Monday, October 15, 2018, to register onine

We have 25 days remaining until the Midterm, let’s get as many voters to the poll on Tuesday, November 6, 2018!

???? Let’s Talk Data!

Please take a moment to complete this 2-3 minute survey that will help identify the best point of contact to discuss program data tracking and reporting needs.

???? Friends Don’t Let Friends Skip Elections- Relational Voting Turnout (RVT):

With that being said, as we work to energize and mobilize voters to the polls this year, think of some friends and family that either need to get registered to vote by Monday, October 15th or who need the motivation to Get Out Their Vote come November.  “In research conducted by the Analyst Institute(AI), turnout effects from leveraging pre-existing relationships have been more than twice as large as traditional voter contact methods.”

This is why AI recommend incorporating “relational contact, also known as a “friends and family program,” in regularly scheduled campaign activities such as a canvass or phone bank. Every volunteer arriving at a GOTV location should be asked to call and/or text friends or family members who live in the district/state and who they think may not be likely to vote without a nudge.”

AI provides materials to help keep track of the contacts made by your staff and volunteers so those contacts can be added to your overall GOTV program results.  Please DO NOT forward or post these materials online.  The tools and strategies provided by the Analyst Institute are intended for circulation only among Democratic and progressive campaigns.

???? VAN Training
Listed below are LIVE VAN Webinars as well as on-demand training.  Please take advantage of these beneficial resources.  Most videos are 15-minutes or less.
Remember, developing our people is more important than developing a message.  If the messenger doesn’t know how to communicate the message effectively
LIVE Webinars:
Data and Compliance 

  • Thursday, 10/25 1 pm – 2 pm EST
  • Monday, 10/22 1 pm – 2 pm EST

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Virtual Phone Bank

  • Thursday, 10/18 1 pm – 2 pm EST
Data Entry
  • Monday, 10/15 1 pm – 2 pm EST

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Reporting in VAN

  • Wednesday, 10/17 1 pm – 2 pm EST

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On-demand Video Training
On-demand VAN training is a great resource when onboarding new volunteers and staff members.  It’s also great for refresher training for current staff and volunteers.

If you have questions any questions, please contact LaTonya at

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