Volunteer 2018

The march is only as successful as we all make it!  Event Day volunteers are a critical need we are currently filling.  We need you!

Day of Volunteer Needs

Please consider helping out the day of the march in the following areas. If you have questions, please reach out to us at volunteer@womensmarchchicago.org.

  • Marshal (7:30am-1pm) – REQUIRES ADDITIONAL TRAINING: see training times below
    • Already trained to be a marshal? Let us know you’re coming HERE!
  • Safety and Directional Volunteers – assist in directing people in and near the accessibility and family areas near the stage (7:30am-1pm)
  • Warming or Aid tent attendant (note: no medical training necessary; 9am-1pm)
  • Pre Rally set up (6am call time; no later than 11am)
  • Post Rally clean up (1pm call time, no later than 3pm)

If you’re interested, please take a moment to fill out this Jan 20 Event Day Volunteer Preference form and please also sign up for Marshal training at the links below.  We need 500 marshals!!

Wondering what being a marshal entails? Read first hand accounts from marshals from last year:

  • That day was so freaking cool. I got a rush reading other posts. First, shouting clever rhymes to direct the massive crowds, weaving to the front with my yellow-vested compadres, thinking quickly, rallying cops to run ahead with me to block off streets, bursting with joy and basking in the solidarity and love. I signed up to be a Marshall again this year. FIRE TEAM, post a photo of yourself so I can remember who you are. It would be amazing if we could somehow all work together again! As for what to expect, you’ll have an interesting and informative training led by experienced people who know their stuff. I’m thinking the march will be more like what we expected it would be like last year….. standing on the side making sure everyone is safe. Different from last year but I’ll take it! – Lori Glaser, Facebook Contribution
  • Having never done anything like this before, I can say it was one of the most rewarding things I’ve ever done. I’m doing it again this year…and will do so as long as we’re marching! – Rebecca Lieber, Facebook Contribution 
  •  I was also a lead off Marshall and I couldn’t have described it any better than Lori did! It was a feeling that lifted me up (even to this day). No marching for me this year, though. Ankle surgery in November still has me in a surgical boot, limping around. Profoundly disappointed, but ya gotta do what ya gotta do. I’ll be ready to walk my precinct by summer, so the beat goes on!!! – Sharon Narrod, Facebook Contribution
  • The experience was incredible. As the event was progressing, the marshal teams started to realize that this event was getting much larger than anticipated. Once we were ready to begin marching, we, as a team, locked arms and sprinted to the front of the group. As we got moving, the realization that we were leading what ended up being well over 250,000 people gave us the energy to put ourselves into the middle of main roads, stop traffic and keep moving and march farther and longer than the plans entailed. The Chicago Police were of great assistance and we thank them for everything they did for and with us that day. I was honored to be one of the lead marshals at the first Women’s March and cannot wait for the next one! – Jeremy Lachance, Facebook Contribuion

Marshal Trainings

If you are interested in being a marshal, please sign up at the links below for one of the following trainings. If you’ve already been trained as a marshal, please RSVP HERE!

Outreach

If you can help with Outreach we need all hands on deck to make people aware of January 20 – please fill out this Outreach Volunteer Intake form to let us know areas where you can help.

  • Check out the Spread The Word tab for downloadable flyers in English and Spanish.
  • Encourage both Groups and Individuals to register for the march.  Registering is important to build momentum for January 20 and show others you are coming.  It also plugs you in to logistics information for January 20.
  • Please share our Facebook Event for March to the Polls.
  • PLEASE JOIN US AT A JANUARY MARCH MEETING—WE OFFER 3 LOCATIONS/DATES.  These are open to everybody, whether you’ve attended a meeting before or not. Lots of new information and ways to get involved.  We’ll talk about women and the 2018 elections, March to the Polls updates for January 20, and more.  Please RSVP here to let us know you’re coming to one of the January march meetings.
    • Wednesday, January 3, 6:30-8:30—Center on Halsted, 3656 North Halsted St.
    • Monday, January 8, 6-8—Art Incubator, 301 East Garfield Blvd.
    • Wednesday, January 10, 6-8—Local 73, 300 South Ashland Ave.

Contact outreach@womensmarchchicago.org to talk about how we can support your outreach efforts.

Fundraising

Every dollar helps! It takes funds to pull off a large and impactful march, to pay for everything from porta-potties, to fencing, stage equipment, jumbotrons, warming tents and accessibility resources!  

If you have specific fundraising leads or ideas you’d like to discuss please contact c.shingler@womensmarchchicago.org