Educate our friends and neighbors about “Health Care for All” and how we will build a strong grassroots movement to create an equitable, publicly funded, high quality and comprehensive universal health care system serving everyone in Oregon and the United States.
Talk to HCAO about getting a speaker and a person to ask for donations
Consider asking a friend or family member to help you put on your house party (this is optional, but can be very helpful)
Decide on the number of participants you would like to have attend (10-15 people is just fine. More depends on the size of your house and how big a party you want to have)
Prepare the invitations, either sending a card, emails, or electronic invitations
You may want to mention in the invitation that “contributions to HCAO will be accepted at the event.” This lets people know the house party is a fundraiser.
Encourage everyone to bring a friend
Plan the agenda for your house party (see outline below). Keep it short and sweet, less than two hours.
Plan refreshments. Coffee, tea and cookies are fine.
A few days after the invitations are sent, follow up with a phone calls to ask people to confirm attendance
Make reminder calls (they are really important) a day or two before the house party
Ask people if they need directions to your house. This way they will not feel as though you are ‘bugging’ them.
Recommended House Party Agenda
Set up a table and place the various handouts on the table (handouts are in the house party box)
Have a friend sit at the door to greet people and ask them to sign the sign-in sheet (in the toolkit)
Ask people to be seated, welcome them, and ask everyone to introduce themselves.
Icebreaker (15 minutes):
Health Care Survey (in the toolkit)
Pass out a copy of the survey to each person. Ask people to work in groups of two to fill out the survey, telling each other their stories.
When this is done, ask for a few volunteers to tell their health care stories
Collect the surveys
Introduce the speaker or video. This can be very brief or you can say why this issue is important to you.
Speaker or video presentation (30 minutes)
Discussion and questions (30 minutes)
Asking for donations (10 minutes)
Either the speaker or another person we will send to the house party will ask for donations. This will be very low key (see the sample in the toolkit)
Donation envelopes will be provided (in the house party box)
Hand out “Ways to Get Involved” (in the house party box)
Give people time to read it and ask questions. The ask them to fill in the “these are things I would like to do” form at the bottom of the “Ways to Get Involved” handout.
Collect the “things I would like to do” form as guests are leaving
Thank everyone for coming and invite them to take copies of the brochures and other hand outs set out on a table nearby (in the house party box)
Offer refreshments again
Try to end on time, although if people want to stay and talk to the speaker or just stay and talk, that is fine.
Send to HCAO, 316 SW Washington, Corvallis, OR 97333:
Health care surveys
Donation envelopes (it is ok to open them and count the money)
The sign in sheets (make sure all the information on the sign in sheet is legible)
The feedback form (in the toolkit)
The “things I would like to do to help” slips at the end of the “Ways to Get Involved” form
Within two days, email or call your house party participants to thank them
. Not only is this polite, it might lead to a fruitful discussion about their follow-up questions or desires to get more involved. This is not essential to do, but is very useful.