A new initiative to support Kansas Healthy Congregations teams in ensuring their members and those in their communities are able to access the polls.
As part of our Healthy Congregations work, the Health Fund is excited to announce support for The Voter Network, a nonpartisan nonprofit dedicated to ensuring that every Kansan is able to be an informed, enthusiastic, engaged voter.
As part of the new initiative, Faith in Democracy, we will provide tools to support our Kansas Healthy Congregations in ensuring their members are able to access the polls. The Voter Network will be providing digital resources, a sermon kit and regular information on how to support members in registering to vote, finding their polling place (or better yet, in light of COVID-19, voting by mail), and knowing who is on their ballot.
The most exciting component is their Voter to Voter program. It’s a relational advocacy effort that gives each congregation the tools to drive voter turnout, to focus on those in our communities who are often underrepresented in the political process, and provides the data to track and measure results. All that is needed is a team of volunteers to participate, and the time commitment is modest.
The United Methodist Church has a long history of working toward social justice and a deep commitment to fostering healthy communities. One of the strongest ways to ensure healthy communities is for each person to be engaged and to have a voice – and voting is core to both. Whether you are already supporting voter engagement through your ministry, or wanting to learn how you can help ensure all in your community have a voice at the polls, we hope the resources available through The Voter Network will elevate your efforts.