Thank you for stepping up to lead a postcard group. These tips will help you get started. If you still have questions, please contact us by email. Also, please join our Facebook page for organizers.
SETTING UP YOUR GROUP
The following information will help you answer member questions and get your group off to a great start! Please visit the About section for some background information for Blue Wave.
STEP 1: INVITE FRIENDS
☝Contact everyone on your email list and social channels who you think will help!
STEP 2: HELP MEMBERS ORDER POSTCARDS
☝Send members here to order postcard kits: https://shop.bluewavepostcards.org/
☝At check out, ask members to pick "Yes: I'm a member of a postcard group or an organizer" and type in the name of your group.
☝Remind members to complete this form after mailing their postcards: http://update.bluewavepostcards.org.
STEP 3: ASK MEMBERS TO SPREAD THE WORD
☝Ask members to contact everyone on their email list and social channels!
STEP 4: FIELD QUESTIONS
☝Ask members to come to you first with questions. It’s a huge help to our all-volunteer staff.
☝Postcard Kit Facts (in case your members ask):
Each kit includes 200 postcards, instructions, and addresses of registered Democrats and liberal Independents. We continuously update addresses from public records.
We preprint a lot of information the cards, such as a special website that make it much easier for voters to get their ballots and other important voting information.
☝With or Without Stamps: Selecting kits with stamps - an option at our store - is recommended as it's more convenient.
☝Extra Postcards: Each kit includes extras for mistakes. Keep the extras.
☝Sharing Kits: If members want to split a kit, please include a copy of the instructions so the second person knows what to write.
☝Stick to the Scripted Message: Please write the message (included in the instructions that come with every kit). It’s based on expert advice and evolving situation in different states.
☝Complete Kits Quickly
Aim to complete in a week, if possible. It only takes 2-3 hours per kit.
Mail out in batches, as you complete your postcards.
No rubber bands around the cards. Per Post Office request. Just mail them loose.
☝Order Any Available Campaign: We run simultaneous campaigns for different states. It doesn’t matter which one you order. They are all for key swing states.
☝Kit Delivery: It usually takes between 5-7 business days from the time you order until they arrive.
☝Local Pickup: We offer local pickup for people in the Boulder and Denver, Colorado areas, where Blue Wave Postcards is based.
SPREAD THE WORD
We urgently need new postcard writers. You are our #1 source of new writers and can help us by doing the following:
☝Ask members to invite more people to your group and post about us on social media.
☝Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
☝Indicate that your group is accepting new members from the public. People will reach you through an anonymous email address. If you need to change your group status to public, follow instructions in CHANGING GROUP INFORMATION below.
☝Welcome Members of the Public: If you do get an email from a member of the public, simply send them your Invite email with instructions on how to order. Stay in touch - and remind them to complete and mail their postcards.
☝Contact activist groups, such as local Democrats and Indivisible groups. We can help them get started after you make contact.
☝Please make your group inclusive and welcome people of all genders, backgrounds, and ages.
☝Host a party, virtual or in person (if it’s safe). Always ask members to invite their friends. Meetings can be so motivating!
☝To hold a virtual party, use Zoom (free for up to 40 minutes), Uber Conference (free for up to 10 participants), Google Hangout (free), or other virtual conferencing tools to stay connected with your group.
While we sell everything at cost, stamps are expensive. Here are some suggestions:
☝Members can share a kit with a friend and split the cost.
☝Apply for financial assistance, if needed.
☝Get free shipping in the US when you order 10 or more kits. Use the "FREESHIP2000" coupon code at checkout.
CHANGING GROUP INFORMATION
When you signed up as an organizer, we sent you a confirmation email that contained a link unique to your group. The link allows you to modify your original form. Save that email so the link is easy to find.