Voting as an Advantage for Individuals and Non-Profits
Voter engagement is also critical to the work conducted by nonprofits like Goodwill®. In a year when Congress has had low-approval ratings and both leading candidates for President are extremely unpopular, it might be easy for the electorate to question the value of voting. Below are a few benefits of voting for individuals and nonprofits included in a series created by NonprofitVOTE:
Benefits for Voters:
Active citizenship. Registered voters are more likely to volunteer in their communities and be active and engaged citizens. They are also more likely to talk to elected officials and advocate.
Social connections. Registered voters are suggested to have strong connections with their neighbors and family members. These stronger social connections can lead to a greater quality of life and longevity.
Personal agency. Voting is a form of personal empowerment, giving individuals a chance to voice their opinions.
Benefits for Nonprofits:
Increased advocacy efforts. Voter engagement assists in giving nonprofits a seat at the table. Elected officials pay attention to who votes. When nonprofit stakeholders engage, organizations can be given more clout and our issues can be given more attention.
Voting gives power and voice to the people we serve. By encouraging voting, nonprofits can help people become more active and engaged citizens. Nonprofits reach people missed by traditional campaigns, contributing to an electorate that more fully represents the communities we serve.
Additionally, some local Goodwill organizations have incorporated voter engagement and education into their practices via holding voter registration drives, hosting candidate forums and reminding both employees and people they serve of the benefits of voting.
Voting is the earned opportunity to strengthen your voice and give the ability to open doors and create a relationship with your lawmakers. Whether the elections turn out the way you wanted or not, you’ll be able to rock your ‘I Voted’ sticker and know in your heart you’ve contributed to making a difference.