Our volunteer Local Organizers are our “Love Warriors” on the front lines of the marriage equality movement! Our local regions are guided by these front-line volunteer activists, who work within their local communities to change hearts and minds, one conversation at a time.
Regional Organizing Committees (ROCs) accomplish their work within the scope of Marriage Equality USA's Mission, “To secure legally recognized civil marriage equality for all, without regard to sexual orientation or gender identity, at the state and federal level through grassroots organizing, education, action and partnerships.” They focus on educational efforts, projects and events developed with the consultation and support of MEUSA's Executive Director, Program Manager and national staff.
If you are interested in starting an ROC in your area, please contact Marriage Equality USA: email@example.com.
The two things required to become a Local Organizer are a mobile phone, and ongoing access to a computer with a reliable Internet connection. We do not mean to be exclusive in any way, but these tools are necessary to stay in effective communication with each other. Volunteers who do not have phones or ongoing access to a computer are very welcome to become involved and can help in myriad ways other than local leadership.
If Marriage Equality USA has an ROC in your area, we urge you to contact your Local Organizers to see how you can help:
What Makes Us Different
Certainly there are other good organizations in the marriage equality movement that do very important work. Why choose to be a part of Marriage Equality USA? What makes us different? We can offer several reasons:
• Our grassroots organization was founded by activists who "do" rather than just talk. Marriage Equality USA continually invests in its members and volunteer leaders – the real people, "regular folks", on the front lines of this movement are where our most successful and innovative ideas have come from.
• We welcome all points of views and visions for projects and events. Marriage Equality USA listens to new ways of thinking. We don't believe there is only one "right" way to do things, or only one message that can be heard. We understand that our movement will only succeed with the energy and passion of a multitude of people. We are pros when it comes to internal team work and working in coalitions and partnerships with our allies.
• Our approach has something for everyone! Whether you enjoy communications, speaking to groups and individuals on why marriage matters, doing research work, working with legislators and local elected officials, writing, planning events, phone banking, graphic arts, data entry, canvassing… everyone has an opportunity to be a part of the organization, to contribute to this movement and to enjoy their role!