The model “Call to Service” kit provides municipalities with different options for celebrating the town’s volunteer leaders, and provides for an annual invitation to from the mayor to the general public to apply for leadership service opportunities in their town. A City “Call to Service” allows the local government to reach out to its community in a way that fosters cooperation and civil service. The invitation to apply for leadership advances the municipality’s interest in transparency, while engaging the public in a way that encourages leadership. It is also a great way to establish a connection with new residents. A “Call to Service” Summit is a simple, effective way to build or maintain a healthy democracy.
How to establish a Call to Service Summit in your city:
Step 1: LEARN. Watch our Citizen Legislator Lesson and download our Citizen Legislator Participation Guide.
Step 2: PREPARE. Get ready for your presentation by downloading our Call to Service Presentation Kit which includes a sample Presentation Remarks, sample Recruitment Email, and sample Press Releases. And make sure to reach out and build support through friends, family, social media, and local media!
Step 3: PRESENT. Download the Model Resolution and make an official presentation to your local governing body.
Step 4: FOLLOW UP! Officials have a lot on their plates, so it’s up to you to follow-up and make sure your proposal doesn’t get lost in the shuffle! Attend council meetings, email, and call officials if you don’t get an adequate response (but always be respectful!). And if you continue to hit roadblocks? Request a coach from The Citizens Campaign to help you out.