Starting a Local Chapter
CCL chapters form the backbone of the CCL organization. People from all walks of life who understand the urgency of climate change have started local CCL chapters across the world. This training points to resources to help get a new chapter up and running.
Starting a Local Chapter is part of the Organizing & Mentoring Your Group series.
Contact your Regional Coordinator (RC)
Find the regional coordinator in your area of the country and contact them to let them know that you want to start a chapter.
Getting help getting started
Your regional (or state) coordinator will help you do the following:
- Help you name your local chapter.
- Start the internal CCL process that will get your new chapter on the main CCL website and using CCL Community's many support tools and resources.
- CCL considers your group to be “In Progress” at this point.
- Check in with you regularly to help you dismantle roadblocks.
- Introduce you to the trainer who can lead a Climate Advocate Training Workshop (CATW) to help launch your new chapter with CCL’s signature volunteer orientation and training workshop.
- Once you host your Climate Advocate Training Workshop, CCL considers your group to be “Active.”
- After your workshop, your regional (or state) coordinator will continue supporting you with regular one-on-one phone calls.
Additional Resources To Help
As you work with your regional (or state) coordinator, you can:
- Start listening to the Emerging Group Leader calls, hosted by Elli Sparks, Director of Field Development (12 rotating weekly calls, live or recorded).
- Secure a meeting location and time for your monthly meetings. Check community calendars & other environmental groups to minimize scheduling conflicts with your date.
- Schedule, prepare for, and host monthly meetings
- Begin to take monthly actions.
- Find a meeting location for, schedule, and host your group’s Climate Advocate Training Workshop (CATW)
Start Growing Your Group
- Role play script to invite people to join chapter
- Press release announcing new chapter (to be done in conjunction with a Climate Advocate Training Workshop)
- Phone or email script to invite people to monthly meeting
- Share your chapter’s activity on social media
Find Others To Share In The Work
Get Help From Other CCL Veterans
There have been many ways that active CCL groups have helped support other chapters get off the ground. One support is through the Group Development Coaches, who help pull together and help a local Host Committee plan and host a Climate Advocate Training to officially launch a new CCL chapter. Group development coaches also provide CCL continuity for the group leader(s) who emerges during the planning process and are working hard to help CCL get an active chapter in every congressional district in the country.
You could also check-in with neighboring chapters for some cross-chapter teamwork and support (click the link to be directed to a forum topic on this approach with examples pioneered by groups like the CCL Salt Lake City chapter).
Interested in helping a new chapter launch in a targeted area that’s not your own? Sign up to be a Group Development Coach who helps put together a local committee to host a climate advocate training.
For a full directory of lessons that will help you learn the ins and outs of being a group leader, see all resources related to Chapter Organizing.