League of Women Voters of Framingham Award Citizen Education Grant

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FRAMINGHAM – The League of Women Voters of Framingham announced today, May 10, its proposal for a Lotte E. Scharfman Citizen Education Grant has been approved by the League of Women Voters of Massachusetts.

This funding will support the Framingham chapter’s efforts to promote civic education and voter information.

Specifically, the grant will allow the Framingham chapter to launch three projects throughout the course of the Summer and into the Fall.

“Thank you to the League of Women Voters of Massachusetts for this grant. We hope to use these funds to plant the seeds for what will soon grow to be a comprehensive and impactful voter information and civic education program here in Framingham!” said Jake Binnall, Voter Services Chair for the LWV of Framingham.

The Framingham Chapter will use the funding for:

  1. Civic Education & Voter Information Website:
    We are excited to create and launch an informational website that will provide visitors
    easy access to information such as upcoming election dates, voter education events, how
    to register to vote, where to vote, information about local government structure and
    leaders and so forth. This website will launch later this month. Stay tuned!
  2. Social Media / Art Competition
    Gaining inspiration from the LWV of Falmouth’s “Be a Voter”–Voter Art Campaign and
    Do Something’s “Democracy Powered by You(th)” TikTok competition, we plan to
    organize a social media/art competition to promote voter registration amongst young
    people and award a prize to the best submission as well as recognize all participants.
  3. Student Social Media Stipend
    To encourage long-term, consistent engagement and access to information, as well as to
    provide for the effective dissemination of educational content, we plan to bring on a
    Framingham High student to run social media accounts specifically meant to share
    information about elections, voting, and local advocacy. With funding from this grant, we
    will provide the student with a stipend.

With the funds granted from the Lottie E. Scharfman Citizen Education Grant, the League of Women Voters of Framingham will launch these pilot initiatives with the hopes of budgeting for them internally once we are able to assess their impact and success.

“We are really making great strides with increasing our engagement with new people. Jake’s hard work in obtaining this grant was one example of this. We are building on our exceptionally successful Earth Day Event and the seedlings handed out from a new members garden at that event. Many seeds are starting to take root and grow,” said Suze Craighead, President of the League of Women Voters of Framingham.

The next membership meeting will be on May 24 at 7 p.m. in the Costin Room at the Framingham Public Library. Please join us if you would like to join the League and help launch these initiatives.

For questions about joining the League or about our projects, please email Suze Craighead at
suzeframinghamlwv@gmail.com.

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