National Grassroots Conference Call and Webinar How-to Guide
Organizing and government relations staff give a monthly update to Bread to the World members during a conference call and webinar from our Washington, D.C., headquarters. (Left to right) LaVida Davis, director of organizing; Marion Jasin, organizing coordinator; Eric Mitchell, director of government relations; and Christine Melendez Ashley, policy analyst, during a recent webinar. (Robin Stephenson)
On the third Tuesday of each month, in an effort to best serve our grassroots and give them a legislative update, the organizing and government relations departments at Bread for the World host a conference call and webinar.
During these calls, held from 4-5 p.m. Eastern time, our policy experts provide updates to ensure you are equipped, knowledgeable, and unified as a collective Christian voice urging our nation's leaders to end hunger at home and abroad. Working near Capitol Hill and frequently meeting with your members of Congress, the members of the government relations team – each staffer has a specific issue portfolio – can answer any of your questions. The calls may also include special guests from Capitol Hill, coalition partners, or Bread members and are facilitated by the director of organizing, LaVida Davis.
We are always looking for members to share stories — we want to know how you are working to end hunger in your region. If you have recently planned a visit with your member of Congress, held an event in your community, or participated in another relevant activity and think your story will assist or encourage other faithful advocates, contact your regional organizer or Tyion Miller, the organizing coordinator.
Each month, the event is announced by email and a registration link is posted at www.bread.org/events. Register early and make sure to mark the reminder box so you will be sent an email in advance of the conference call and webinar. The subject of the call will be included in the email announcement and you may ask questions during the call by either using the webinar chat box or sending your questions (or comments) by email to Tyion Miller (firstname.lastname@example.org), organizing coordinator. Most of the call will be muted so that only presenters can be heard.
It is not necessary to be on the webinar portion of the call, which includes informative slides, but if you have a computer with the appropriate capabilities, you can join us online. When you register, you will receive a link that allows you to log in to the webinar approximately 10 minutes before the call begins. However, the conference call portion alone will provide you will all of the information and only requires you to dial in. We will provide any resources that will be discussed and downloadable slides after the call.
For those of you who are on social media and use Twitter, help amplify what you learn by tweeting with the hashtag #breadweb. Every month @bread4theworld will live tweet during the call/webinar. Questions during the event can also be asked on Twitter.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT WEBINARS
What is a webinar?
A webinar is a conference call combined with an online presentation (similar to a PowerPoint). Once you register, we'll email you instructions on how to dial into a toll-free number with your phone, and how to log in online.
What do I need to participate?
You need a phone and an Internet connection. If you have a hi-speed Internet connection (for example, if you can be on the phone and on the Internet at the same time), you will dial into a toll-free conference call and log in to the Web portion at the same time. We will send you simple and detailed instructions on how to do this immediately after you register.
The conference call has started but the slideshow portion isn’t showing on my screen, what should I do?
If you’ve logged in to the webinar but are only seeing a blue screen, try updating your Internet browser and logging in again. (If you’re still having issues, your system may not be compatible with the webinar software and can find the slides on the Bread Blog under the grasstroots conference call and webinar link the morning of the call).
What if I can't use my phone and Internet at the same time?
Not a problem. As long as you have a phone, you can hear the audio presentation. We’ll t the presentation available on the Bread Blog prior to the call so that you can follow along while you listen in.
What's the cost to participate in the webinar?
This webinar is free, but you must register in advance so we know how many lines to reserve.
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