The Participation Project

Adopted by Community Resource Center in 2015, this established program equips nonprofits to effectively build inclusive, civic programs. The Participation Project partners with human service nonprofits to increase their capacity by providing guidance, training, and support to assist them in offering nonpartisan voter engagement efforts to their clients and community.

The Participation Project continues a critical partnership with Nonprofit VOTE, a nonprofit organization that promotes civic engagement capacity through resources, tools and infrastructure. Similarly, the Colorado Criminal Justice Reform Coalition ensures our efforts reflect the laws and voting rights of people with criminal backgrounds and advocate the importance of re-enfranchising communities.

Participation Project 2020

We believe in the power of the nonprofit vote to build a more inclusive and just Colorado and are thrilled to kick off our 2020 nonpartisan voter engagement efforts. This work is especially critical as we navigate the impacts of COVID-19 in our most vulnerable communities. Voter registration and participation allows underrepresented people throughout the state to have a voice on ballot initiatives and policy decisions that affect them directly. Now more than ever, the nonprofit sector must work to connect and engage the communities we serve.

The Participation Project provides training, resources, and mini-grants to nonprofits to elevate their nonpartisan civic engagement efforts and we have adapted our program to offer virtual trainings and online resources. Nonprofits can participate at varying levels depending on your capacity.

Levels of Participation:

*New* Online Only

Provide voter information and registration resources on your organization’s website, social media platforms, and newsletters.

Level 1 Canvassers

Provide all online resources as well as agree to host canvassers (when/if and if it is safe to do so) to conduct voter outreach at your facility.

Level 2 Events Only

Provide all online resources as well as offer voter engagement opportunities at organizational and community events by staff or volunteers. CRC will provide required training and resources for all staff and volunteers who plan to do voter engagement.

Level 3 Integrated

Provide all online resources as well as integrate voter engagement and digital organizing into your service provision. CRC will provide required training and resources for all staff and volunteers who plan to do voter engagement.

Watch our informational webinar to learn more!

During this webinar, you will learn more about CRC’s Participation Project’s program. This webinar is facilitated by Alex McHenry, Community Engagement Program Manager at CRC.

Learn about:

  • An overview of the program including benefits, stipends, supports and expectations.
  • Opportunities to engage your participants and community in civic engagement.
  • A timeline and steps to get started.

Interested in joining the 2020 Participation Project?

Please complete the interest form below. We will be reviewing forms on a rolling basis through the end of July but encourage you to submit as soon as possible.

The Process

Engaging clients and community in elections is an important step in building the civic capacity of your nonprofit and community. Communities with higher rates of civic participation are more likely to volunteer, experience lower unemployment, and have better health outcomes.

CRC works directly with nonprofits to develop an action plan for their civic engagement efforts. CRC provides the necessary supports including training, materials, resources, and consistent communication to our partner organizations.

By providing civic engagement efforts to clients and community, nonprofit organizations may also increase their influence with elected officials and decision makers. This can help increase the overall effectiveness of advocacy efforts.

For more information, please contact:

Alex McHenry, Community Engagement Program Manager
303 .623.1540 X160 or email hidden; JavaScript is required