VCET Weekly Update

The State of Criminal Justice Reform in Virginia

VCET will join Virginia State Conference NAACP Criminal Justice Committee, ACLU VA and NOVA Coalition in hosting The State of Criminal Justice Reform in Virginia. This event will be an engaging conference on criminal justice reform in the Commonwealth. It will take place on Saturday, November 17th at the Greater Richmond Convention Center (403 N. 3rd St., Richmond, VA). Registration and breakfast will begin at 7:30 AM. Closing remarks will end around 12:30 PM. Click here to register for this free conference and please share the Facebook event page with your network.

Cancelled Training

We are cancelling For a More Just & Equitable World due to an insufficient number of registrations. We will offer the training again in 2019.

Speaking of Cancellations

In light of how busy everyone is, we’re cancelling the October partner meeting scheduled for October 25th. We don’t want you to miss out on any time you could be door knocking, phone banking or texting! Do you need help with making your program run better? We’re here to help! Let us know what we can do!

NGP VAN Webinar on Best Practices for GOTV Texting

NGP VAN has been producing a series of live stream videos of GOTV best practices. Their latest was yesterday and focused on using Hustle for texting. You can catch the video here and also find their other videos in the series.

Job Opening: Digital Director

ProgressVA is looking to hire a Digital Director. One must have strong communication skills, proactive project management and broad technical skills to be successful in this position. Click here to view the full job description and click here to apply.


VCET is committed to racial equity. We’ve begun to implement racial equity in staffing and hiring, but we believe it’s important to include those elements in our programs and goals too. The Manager Center says “when thinking about your goals remember: There’s a fine line between inclusion and tokenism. What’s the difference? Power. In most cases, it’s not enough to tack on “…and x number of volunteers/new hires/spokespeople should be people of color” unless the people you’re trying to include will be able to influence the work in a meaningful way. SMARTIE goals are about including marginalized communities in a way that shares power, shrinks disparities, and leads to more equitable outcomes.”  We encourage you to use this SMARTIE Goals worksheet when you develop your programs and goals.

Data Tip of the Week


We have 18 days remaining until the Midterm, let’s get as many voters to the poll on Tuesday, November 6, 2018!

Better yet …

Early voting is a great way to increase voter turnout!  Let’s get them to the polls before Election. Continue sharing that the deadline for voters to request a mailed absentee ballot is Tuesday, October 30, 2018.

???? Let’s Get Coordinated!

VCET has a Shared Targeted GOTV universe as we quickly approach election day. To learn how to use VCET’s Shared GOTV universe in VAN and track work being done by partners in our coordinated workbook, please watch this 8-minute video.  The video goes over VCET’s GOTV Target universe, how to pull your list, and how to share your GOTV efforts with partners using our GOTV coordination spreadsheet.


We want to know where you plan to do your GOTV work and the type of data support you need. If you haven’t already, please complete the 2018 VCET Fall Coordinated GOTV Plans survey.

For those that are already doing GOTV work, please complete the shared GOTV worksheet, so we know where you’re working.

???????? PollWatcher:

What is Pollwatcher?  Learn more here.

???? 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

Sign up here

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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