Here's an opportunity to do something that will impact the community.
Help Jim Gardiner make a difference.
There are many ways to volunteer, from walking door to door to hosting fundraising events.
Let us know how you can help:
Help Collect Signatures
I am currently in the process of attaining signatures to get on the ballot to run for Alderman of the 45th Ward. As a lifelong resident of our Ward, and a dedicated public servant who performs both tasks of being a Chicago Firefighter and a Chicago Public School Teacher in our area, I am determined to help our community reach it’s full potential. In order to do so, I will need your help in this process.
I am looking for volunteers to simply donate 20-25 minutes of their time to get 10 signatures from people who live within the 45th Ward. It can be as easy as asking your family members, friends, and neighbors to sign my petition.
In 2011, we saw just how close these elections can be, the winner was decided by a mere 29 votes. 10 signatures could greatly affect this election, and the future trajectory of our community! Please help get me on the February 2019 ballot.
Help In The Campaign Office
Host a House Party
Hosting a house party in support of Jim Gardiner's campaign for alderman of the 45th Ward is one of the first, vital steps of the campaign, and we couldn’t reach out to the community without your important contribution. That said, we don’t want you to feel like you’re on your own. Here’s a step-by-step guide to make the most out of this incredible opportunity for engagement.
STEP ONE: PICK A DATE AND LET US KNOW
We want to make sure Jim can make it and that we can send representatives to talk about the campaign and gather information about what your attendees’ concerns might be. Then we’ll send you the invites, fliers, donation envelopes, and everything you need to host a successful house party.
STEP TWO: WHAT’S A PARTY WITHOUT THE GUESTS?
Make a list, and don’t be shy about it. Think about your friends who are always mentioning infrastructure issues they see, or the fellow parent you met at your kid’s LSC meeting that expressed concern about school funding issues. They might not seem like politically active people, but they have an interest in the future of our community and city.
STEP THREE: MAIL OUT YOUR INVITATIONS
Send out the invites about three weeks before the planned event. Make sure to maintain a list of everyone who said that they will (or might) come. Make sure to give them a call or talk to them in person about a week before the event, just to remind them that it’s coming up. Tell them how excited you are to have them over and feed them your famous mini quiches and Manhattans.
STEP FOUR: PREP THE HOUSE
Look at your guest list and make sure you’ve got enough food, drinks, and seating for the number of people expected to attend. Set aside a small table for a sign-up sheet and donation box. Make sure you turn on your porch light the evening of the event and wait for an active night of community building and engagement.
STEP FIVE: ENJOY YOUR STATUS AS A SOCIAL BUTTERFLY
Jim will make a short speech and answer questions from party-goers. We’ll pass around donation envelopes and a member of the campaign team will circulate with a survey to formally record your guests’ concerns and hopes for both the ward and the city at large. Encourage conversation by chatting with guests about your thoughts on the upcoming election and what motivates you to support Jim's candidacy.
If this sounds like something that you would be interested in hosting, simply click on the button below to fill out a sign-up sheet and someone will be in touch.