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Assistance for “First in the West” Caucus Day

Posted by Kevin Bondelli on January 11, 2008

Dear Fellow Young Democrats,

The Nevada State Democratic Party would like to formally request your help in a variety of capacities for the “First in the West” Precinct Caucuses on January 19th, 2008. We’d like to outline a few of the specifics for your review.

Dates Requested
The majority of volunteers would need to be in Nevada on Thursday, January 17th; Friday, January 18th, and of course, Caucus Day itself on January 19th. We will hold a mandatory volunteer training at 8:00 AM PST on Thursday, January 17th; so outbound travel would most likely need be in the afternoon or evening of Wednesday, January 16th. We expect to need volunteers through most of the day on Saturday, so return travel would most likely occur on Sunday, January 20th. It is likely that folks will have some discretionary time on Saturday night, after the caucuses. If some volunteers wish to come out earlier, we would welcome them

Travel Logistics
The NSDP is currently researching special group fares on airlines, and many inexpensive flights are available to and from Las Vegas McCarran International Airport. We are also easily accessible by interstate highway from Southern California and Utah. Further details on group rate fares and airlines are TBD, but we would like to have them available this week to facilitate the best fares. If you are interested in sending state party staff, the NSDP has budgeted to pay for some travel expenses, which we can discuss on a case-by-case basis.

Housing
In the great tradition of Democratic Campaigns everywhere the NSDP will find housing for our volunteers, relying heavily on supporter housing to accommodate volunteers. While some volunteers may be assigned to hotels or rental housing, we cannot guarantee accomodation in any particular landmark properties. If volunteers wish to stay at a particular property, they are welcome to do so at their own expense.

Ground Transportation
Ground transportation may be limited to shuttle vans operated by the NSDP, running between housing clusters and Cashman Center or Democratic Headquarters. Anyone who feels they need more mobility may wish to look into renting—or sharing the rental of—a car. The NSDP will not pay for or reimburse this expense.

Expectations
While Nevada is well-known for its excitement and tourism, we are asking for volunteers to work. Volunteer staff should expect to be working “campaign hours,” i.e., 8:00 AM until late night on the days they are here, and the training on Thursday morning will be mandatory. Volunteers will be expected to show up to their work asssignments by 8:00 AM each day (probably earlier on Caucus Day). The primary areas in which we anticipate needing assistance are:

• Helping manage at-large precinct caucuses
• Volunteers experienced in the caucus process to assist at the help-line call center
• Assisting in the reporting center on Caucus Day
• Assisting the NSDP staff with final preparations and project management

Most jobs will be headquartered from Cashman Center; located just north of downtown Las Vegas. Those assisting with at-large caucus locations will be assigned on Caucus Day to one of eight properties on the Las Vegas Strip. Based on need, some volunteers may be assigned to Northern Nevada (Reno/Tahoe/Carson City area).

We can’t thank you enough for your willingness to help lend your talents to the Nevada Democratic Caucuses. We really look forward to working with you and your teams on the “First in the West” Caucuses. If you are able to participate, please contact Missy Luft, 702-737-8683, missyluft@gmail.com.

Democratically Yours,

A’shanti

A’shanti Fayshel Gholar
National Vice President – Young Democrats of America
Secretary – Nevada State Democratic Party

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