Join Us as a Fall Fellow

It’s just two and a half months until the most important vote on transit we’ve seen in decades – but many bus riders still haven’t heard about the regional transit plan we’ll be voting on.

To make sure bus riders know about this vote, and build our membership in the process, we’re hiring on riders as Fall Fellows to help us spread the word on the buses in September and October. In exchange for spreading the word, Fellows will get a modest stipend of $200/month, plus transit expenses up to $50/month.

If you ride the bus and want to help make a difference improving public transit in metro Detroit, we encourage you to apply! Fellows will start September 1, so don’t delay. Read the full description below the break.

Motor City Freedom Riders

Fall Fellowship, September – October 2016

The Motor City Freedom Riders are an organization of metro Detroit bus riders and their allies working together across city and county lines to build a movement for better public transit service. As the November vote on a regional transit ballot proposal approaches, we are seeking to inform as many people as possible, especially bus riders, about the proposal, and to significantly expand our membership base of bus riders. To help us fulfill these goals, we are seeking bus riders who are passionate about better bus service to serve as stipended Fellows, from September 1 through November 8.

Fellow Responsibilities

Fellows will help us to build a membership base of bus riders and spread the word about the transit ballot measure. Fellow requirements are:

  • Collect 200 new voter pledge forms per month
  • Check in weekly with the Organizer
  • Attend at least two organizer meetings per month
  • Organize at least one outreach meeting

Fellows are encouraged to conduct outreach in their regular bus commutes, although additional canvassing is strongly encouraged. Fellows may act as “route captains,” recruiting members and volunteers and managing voter outreach along a particular bus route.

Desired Qualifications

  • Familiarity with the public transit system in the tri-county region (DDOT and/or SMART)
  • Reliability, capacity for self-direction, and assertiveness
  • Willingness to engage with other riders and drivers
  • Effective communication skills
  • Openness to working with a diverse group of people from a variety of backgrounds
  • Enthusiasm for transit and social equality
  • Any experience with community organizing, public outreach, and campaign work is a plus

Compensation

Fellows will be compensated with stipends of $200/month for two months, plus monthly reimbursements for public transit expenses, up to $50/month, and an additional $50 for completion of the fellowship.

Dates

September 1 – November 8.

Applications

Applicants should submit a resume and cover letter to motorcityfreedomriders@gmail.com.

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