Michelle Obama’s When We All Vote to Host Food & Voter Registration Drive Event in North Carolina
When We All Vote to provide meals to 5,000 attendees while volunteers help eligible voters register to vote in-person
(Washington, DC): On Saturday, August 29, When We All Vote will host “Fuel the Vote,” a food and voter registration drive to support North Carolinians impacted by the coronavirus pandemic and to ensure they are registered and ready to vote ahead of the November election. This community event will include a live DJ and volunteers focused on helping to provide a critical need while also helping people get registered and ready to vote. Fuel the Vote will serve the Raleigh-Durham area of North Carolina, in partnership with Project Isaiah, a coronavirus relief organization that has provided more than 2.5 million meals to those in need during the pandemic. Other partners include Wondaland, Live Nation Urban, The United State of Women, You Can Vote, Audiomack and the Office of Mayor Steve Schewel.
“Families are struggling in the wake of unemployment and income uncertainty, and voter registration has plummeted across the country. When We All Vote has been meeting people where they are, and through Fuel the Vote, we hope to do our part in North Carolina to get folks who need food a free meal, and help them with critical voting information, safely and in-person,” said Kyle Lierman, CEO of When We All Vote.
American families are facing many challenges, including food insecurity and an overall decline in voter registration due to the pandemic. According to the Civics Center, voter registration rates in April and May of 2020 have declined by as much as 75 percent in some states, in comparison to registration rates during those same months in 2016. Community volunteers will help eligible voters register to vote, assist in answering questions and fielding concerns about the voting process and provide food to 5,000 attendees.
Volunteers will follow social distancing protocols of wearing masks and gloves while assisting participants. Walk ups will not be permitted, and participants will be required to stay in their cars. If individuals do not have a mask, When We All Vote will provide one.
WHAT: Fuel the Vote Food and Voter Registration Drive
WHEN: Saturday, August 29, 2020 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
WHERE: Research Triangle Foundation Headquarters
12 Davis Drive
Durham, NC 27709
When We All Vote is a national, nonpartisan nonprofit that brings together citizens, institutions, brands, and organizations to increase participation in every election. Launched by Michelle Obama, the organization is committed to closing the race and age voting gap and empowering all eligible voters to cast their ballot by harnessing grassroots energy, establishing strategic partnerships, and implementing digital organizing strategies, with the ultimate goal of changing the culture around voting.
Michelle Obama is joined in this effort by fellow Co-Chairs Tom Hanks, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Janelle Monáe, Chris Paul, Faith Hill, Selena Gomez, Liza Koshy, Megan Rapinoe, Shonda Rhimes, Tracee Ellis Ross, Kerry Washington, and Rita Wilson.
In the leadup to the 2018 Midterm Elections, When We All Vote organized over 2,500 local voter registration events across the country, engaged 200 million Americans online about the significance of voting, and texted nearly four million voters the resources to register and get out to vote.
In 2020, When We All Vote is helping to lead in voter education, registration and volunteer engagement. In response to COVID-19, When We All Vote is leading the fight for fair and safe elections by supporting the expansion of access to vote-by-mail, early in-person voting and online voter registration so every American can make their voices heard on Election Day.
ABOUT Project Isaiah:
Founded in response to COVID-19, Project Isaiah was designed to combat food insecurity and economic uncertainty brought on by the pandemic. Their mission is to deliver meals to those in need while preserving jobs. This effort is solely run by volunteers. The organization partners with Gate Gourmet, a leading airline catering company.
Since their inception, the organization has delivered more than 2.5 million meals to Americans in need, across 11 different cities, in collaboration with over 200 companies. Project Isaiah has also saved over 500 Americans’ jobs in the course of their work.
ABOUT You Can Vote:
You Can Vote is a North Carolina nonprofit organization that trains and mobilizes volunteers to educate, register, and empower NC citizens to successfully cast their ballot. Voting is a critical part of civic life that allows citizens to advocate for themselves and their community. You Can Vote’s training and evidenced-based education tools answer voters’ questions and prepare citizens to understand and use their right to vote.
ABOUT Live Nation Urban:
Live Nation Urban (LNU) is a partnership with Live Nation Entertainment, the world’s leading live entertainment company. Specifically focusing on Hip-Hop, R&B and Gospel, LNU builds platforms, events, and festivals globally and develops dynamic content strategies based upon the live properties created. Live Nation Urban considers itself the most powerful source for live urban music. For additional information, visit www.livenationentertainment.com.
ABOUT United State of Women:
The United State of Women (USOW) is a national organization dedicated to convening, connecting, and amplifying voices in the fight for full gender equity. We are a community for all who identify as women, gender nonconforming, or allies, believe in full gender equity, and want to work collectively to achieve it.
Born out of the Obama Administration’s White House Council on Women and Girls, USOW holds a unique position within the movement. We sit at an uncommon intersection of politics, community engagement, culture change, and leadership development.
Founded in 2012 by friends and co-founders Dave Macli and Dave Ponte, Audiomack is a youth-driven, artist-first, music streaming platform. Audiomack allows artists and creators to share unlimited content for free, as well as provides tools to help them expand their audience. Over the years, it has been at the forefront of watershed moments in hip-hop and greater music culture. Key releases on the platform include: Chance the Rapper’s seminal Acid Rap mixtape, J. Cole’s fabled Truly Yours 1 and 2, the premiere of Eminem’s eviscerating Machine Gun Kelly diss track “KILLSHOT,” a trio of exclusive freestyles from Nicki Minaj and most recently, the exclusive premiere of NAV’s Brown Boy EP. With a focus on hip-hop, electronic, Latin, Reggae, Afrobeats, and other top and emerging genres, plus podcasts, Audiomack has over six million daily active users, and exists as a cutting-edge streaming platform engrossed in music culture, and consistently moving music forward.