Dispatch 3.5.20

In this week's Dispatch:

  • Campaign Trainings
  • FDR Gala Information
  • Community Events
  • Job Posting to help with voter registration
  • ...and more!


Campaign Communications and Fundraising Training
Thursday, March 5th
Communications starts at 5:30 PM
Fundraising starts at 7 PM
MCDP Headquarters
MCDP will be hosting trainings for candidates, campaign staffers, and volunteers. Come and learn more about how to communicate with constituents to best serve your campaign and the best way to bring in donations!
NGP VAN/Votebuilder Training
Sunday, March 8th, 2 PM
MCDP Headquarters

Ready to learn more about using the Voter Access Network to boost the effectiveness of your campaign and canvassing? Join the Monroe County Democratic Party's training! You'll receive expert tips as well as basic functionality of the system.

2020 FDR Gala
Friday, March 27th, 6-8 PM
Switchyard Park Pavilion, 1601 S. Rogers St.
Free to Attend: $30 Suggested Donation

Please join MCDP for drinks, hors d'oeuvres, music, and fun with fellow Democrats! This event is free to attend, but all contributions are welcome. For information about sponsorships and contributions, please contact Kaisa Goodman at [email protected]. For questions about the event, please contact Gavin Everett at [email protected]

Sponsorship Levels:
Gold Sponsor/Event Host: $1000
Silver Sponsor: $500
Bronze Sponsor: $250



Phone Banking for Bernie *Multiple Dates
March 7th, 8th, and 14th, 2:30-5 PM
March 15th, 1:30-4 PM
MCDP Headquarters

For those who are experienced on the Bernie Dialer: You all are busy with work, school and families. Look at your calendar and find a few minutes each day to phone bank. Put that time in your calendar as a reminder. Saturday and Sunday are great times to make extended calls. If you are new to Bernie calling, then please join Carol McCracken for a 30 minute Workshop promptly at the beginning of each event. She will focus on training on the Bernie Dialer. The subsequent calling party is a great opportunity for everyone to connect with other Bernie supporters.

If you have not already signed up, please go to https://map.berniesanders.com/ to sign up for these events. Link to Facebook events to share and invite friends!! https://www.facebook.com/events/2610811885910399/

Democracy for Monroe County candidate forums:
March 9th and 10th, 6:30-8:30 PM
Monroe County Public Library Auditorium
Candidates for County Council At-Large and Circuit Court Judges will be on the 9th.
Candidates for State races and the 9th Congressional District will be on the 10th.

Wake Up! with United Way “Creating a More Brain Injury-Friendly Community”
Thursday, March 12th, 7:45am - 9am
The Mill, 642 N Madison St, Bloomington, IN
$10 cost includes breakfast and coffee catered by Bloomington Bagel Company.
Please enter through the lower entrance, near the southwest corner of the building. An accessible parking spot is available at the north end of Madison Street.

Brain injury is more common than people realize and is one of the most “invisible” disabilities in our communities. Brain injury can include traumatic brain injuries, stroke, injury due to loss of oxygen, infections, and a variety of other events. It can cause an array of cognitive, emotional, and physical challenges that can derail careers, stress individuals and their families, and without appropriate supports and treatment, can lead to a host of other issues. Join us to discuss how we can create a more brain injury-friendly community. Learn about brain injury, what it’s like living with one, what helps, and how our community can better support our neighbors and friends who have experienced a brain injury.

MORE INFO: https://www.monroeunitedway.org/WakeUp or 812-334-8370

Bernie Debate Watch Party
Sunday, March 13th, 7:30-11 PM

Join us to cheer on Bernie during the Democratic Debate!

Facebook link to share and invite friends! > https://www.facebook.com/events/2521661908153722/

Sip & See with the Next State Senator to Be
Saturday, March 28th, 2-4 PM
Patrick residence: 516 North Hamilton Court, Bloomington

Please join us for an open house with Shelli Yoder, candidate for State Senate! The event will take place on Saturday, March 28th from 2-4PM at the home of Lisa and Josh Patrick (516 N. Hamilton Court). All ages are welcome, and snacks and drinks will be provided! Hosted by Nicole Browne & Olivia Reed. If you have any questions, please contact Olivia at [email protected].


Temporary help desk job for the Indiana Voter Registration System
The start date will be March 30th and end date will be May 8th. It will be $20/hr 30 hrs a week. Also, it would need to be someone who is not currently working for any political candidates due to the subject matter of the position.

Help Desk Analyst responsibilities
· Serve as the first contact with customers who need assistance via the phone or email
· Troubleshoot, diagnose, and resolve or log software issues
· Provide quick resolution and excellent customer service
· Document and redirect unresolved issues to the next level of support personnel
· Provide needed information on PCC products and services
· Keep record of problems and their resolution
· Follow-up with customers
· Other duties as assigned

Help Desk Analyst requirements
· Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
· Customer-oriented and patient
· Minimum of a High School Diploma and/or 1-year Election or Campaign Finance Experience
· Previous Election Administration experience preferred
· Hands on experience with diagnosing and resolving basic technical issues
· Previous working experience as a Help Desk Analyst preferred

If interested, please contact Tyler Johnson at (765) 716-5445 or [email protected]

Free Community Tax Services with United Way

January 30th - April 13th

Over the course of the next several months United Way will be providing FREE tax services. Times and locations vary and include Monroe, Owen, and Brown Counties. Please visit http://www.monroeunitedway.org/FreeTaxes to learn more!

Guns Down America
Guns Down America is seeking help for its #BusinessMustAct campaign. Ambassadors would post and raise awareness about different parts of the campaign and the complicity that businesses may or may not have when it comes to guns and their dangers. If you are interested in helping out with the campaign or know of anyone that would be, please contact Nick Belyayev at [email protected] and/or (317) 914-4337

Volunteer for Bernie Sanders
If you are interested in volunteering for the Bernie Sanders campaign, please contact [email protected]. Or if you'd like to receive information about the campaign and local efforts and volunteer opportunities, you can sign up, here.

Volunteer for John Zody
If you are interested in volunteering for John Zody's campaign for State Senate, please e-mail [email protected], or visit zodyforindiana.com to sign up there.

Volunteering for Shelli Yoder
If you are interested in volunteering to help get Shelli elected to the State Senate, please join our team by emailing Ashley Pirani at [email protected]. We have several ways for you to get involved. We'd love to have you join us!

Volunteer for Liam Dorris
Want to get Bernie's platform passed through Congress?
Want to help support Medicare for All, a Green New Deal, overturning Citizens United, better pay, and so much more? Then come help get Liam Dorris elected to the House in Indiana's 9th District. We're running a holistic scrappy grassroots campaign and would love for you to come and join us! Reach out at [email protected]

Volunteer for Andy Ruff
Volunteer with a candidate whose 20-year record as an elected official makes it clear that Andy has been fighting for fair wages, labor rights, universal healthcare, addressing climate change, and against unjust war and corporate greed for decades. Before universal healthcare was part of the popular national discourse, Andy sponsored resolutions supporting it. Before outrage over Citizens' United was so widespread, Andy sponsored a resolution opposing it. Andy is an experienced progressive legislator who listens closely, asks hard questions, and works with people of all perspectives to get things done. Help Andy take the voice of the people of the 9th District to Washington. If you are interested in volunteering, email [email protected] or visit andyruff.org and sign up there.

Volunteer for Dominic Thompson
If you are interested in volunteering for Dominic Thompson's campaign for Monroe County Council, please e-mail [email protected]. We are committed to having volunteers do things they find worthwhile and enjoy. If you want to canvass, phonebank, write postcards, Great! If you want to work on social media, photography, Great!


City of Bloomington Commission Vacancies

The City of Bloomington Office of the City Clerk is accepting applications to fill vacated positions on several of the city’s commissions. Some of these vacancies, and the date the City Clerk’s office sent out press releases soliciting applicants, are listed below:

Animal Control Commission (5/9/19)

Commission on the Status of Women (10/18/19)

Parking Commission (3/26/19, for a merchant located near metered parking)

Parking Commission (3/5/19, for a resident within a permit parking zone)

These are great opportunities for city residents to be more involved in local government! To learn more about these commissions, including the mission statements, membership requirements, current membership listing and term lengths, or for online applications, go to the online City system for board and commission information known as “OnBoard” at bloomington.in.gov/onboard 

Monroe County Governmental Boards and Commissions

The Monroe County Board of Commissioners invites you to apply to serve on a Board or Commission! There are immediate openings on a number of these bodies, including: Animal Management, Environmental Commission, and the Human Rights Commission. For information on each of them, see https://www.co.monroe.in.us/boards/.

The application is available here

If you have any questions, please contact Julie Thomas at [email protected]

*All event information is based on currently available information and may be subject to change. 


The Indiana Democratic Party has a Municipal Monday Webinar series, and recordings of each of these webinars can be found here: https://www.indems.org/webinar-trainings-recordings/

Programs they have covered include:

How to File For Office (Matthew Kochevar)
Campaign Finance (Anna Foster)
Social Media 101 (Trina Thomas)
Pre-Filing Questions / Campaign Goals (Katie Doyle)
Creating A Field Plan (Adi Ben-Yehoshua)
Fundraising 101 (Katie Doyle)
Creating A Campaign Message (Phil Johnson)
Communicating with Press and Media (Phil Johnson)
Municipal Finance (Oscar Gutierrez and Trish Whitcomb)
Building an Absentee Chase Program (Adi Ben-Yehoshua)
Filing Your Pre-Primary Finance Report (Anna Foster)
How To Use Early Vote/Election Day Data In VAN (Adi Ben-Yehoshua)
City Government Offices (Portia Bailey-Bernard).

MCDP “Four Freedoms Circle” Recurring Donors
Thank you to our Four Freedoms Circle donors who contribute monthly to MCDP! To make a donation and sign up for a recurring contribution, click here

“For the Millions” donors ($25/month)
Ruth Aydt
Richard Bauman & Beverly Stoeltje
Nicole Browne
Jean Capler
Susan & Doug Davis
Trent Deckard & Kyla Cox Deckard
Penny Githens
Kaisa Goodman & Nico Sigler
David G. Henry
Don & Carol-Anne Hossler
Peter Iversen & Leah Sinn Iversen
Randy Jacobs
Jeff & Kim Kehr
Jessica McClellan
Tom Miller & Beth McManus
Ashley Pirani
Angela Purdie
Eric Schmitz
Fred Schultz
Jacob Simpson
William Smith
Brad & Amy Swain
Christine Talley Haseman
Julie Thomas
Sam Ujdak
Denise Valkyrie
Sue Wanzer
John Zody

“New Deal” donors ($50/month)
Lorraine Merriman Farrell
John Hamilton & Dawn Johnsen
Lee Jones
Judy Sharp
Jim & Doris Sims
Catherine & Larry Smith
Catherine Stafford
Mark Stoops
Shelli Yoder & Josh Perry

“Franklin and Eleanor” donors ($75/month)
Betsy Greene

“Safeguard of Democracy” donors ($100/month)
This GOP administration’s trampling of the tenets of our democracy makes this the ideal time to become a Safeguard of Democracy donor.