Canvass Training Day at Buttonwood Park

What had been intended as a volunteer canvass day & cookout last Sunday became a canvass training day and delicious local food fest due to torrential rain! We met at Buttonwood Park in New Bedford and waited to see who would arrive. Travis Estes from Next Step Living made the journey from Boston to share his inside knowledge of home energy assessments and the Mass Save program. Karen Malcolm, Energy Challenge Marketing & Development Coordinator led the crowd in the Canvass Training, drawing on her extensive canvassing and organizing experience. Together with Norman Rebeiro of the POWER project, and Energy Challenge Intern Extraordinaire, Helder Lobo, Karen demonstrated successful approaches to canvassing. Helder beautifully exemplified a ‘tough sell’ for the crowd. We completed the training with a canvass role play, in which each attendee was able to practice their spiel, acting in turn as canvasser and resident.

Ocean Explorium Volunteers pose with Energy Challenge staff (Karen & Me!) at the Canvass Training DayA HUGE and sincere thank you to the awesome volunteers who came out, despite unbelievable rain, for the canvass training day!! We are totally thrilled and grateful to the hearty folks who braved the downpour to learn a little more about door-to-door canvassing & the Energy Challenge! Thank you particularly to Abbey Spargo and the volunteer crew from the Ocean Explorium for attending in force! Thanks also to Desa Vanlaarhoven, Executive Director of the Marion Institute, and Max Cover from the BCC Green Center for coming out to support the Challenge on a Sunday. Finally, we couldn’t have done it without our stalwart grillmasters! Rupert Grantham, Andy Aylward, and James Neal…you rock! We couldn’t be happier with the afternoon, despite the inclement weather. When it rains it pours, and sometimes that’s a good thing.

 

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