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Rise NWI

If you get folks stopping at your door to talk about the upcoming elections, don't necessarily assume they're there to pitch a particular candidate.

Volunteers with RiseNWI are knocking on doors, staffing tables at local festivals and reaching out to people across the political spectrum in an effort to educate the public about the elections and to find out what issues matter to them.

Their aim is to get more people involved in the election process and to increase voter participation. Some Lake County precincts saw voter turnout as low as 18 percent in recent primaries. 

RiseNWI volunteers hope to increase voter turnout by talking to more than 50,000 local residents before the 2018 midterm elections.

They're looking for more volunteers to help spread the message that local elections matter and that every vote counts. The Action Team meets from 6 to 7 p.m. Aug. 9 at the Legacy Foundation, 370 E. 84th Drive, Suite 100, Merrillville.

Maranda Fishback serves as engagement coordinator for the group, which offers its volunteers training, networking and resources before releasing them to the streets to talk to would-be voters. Initially, the group focused on recruiting volunteers. Its primary focus through August is voter engagement and education by canvassing at local events and knocking on those doors in local neighborhoods.

In the fall, volunteers will hit the phones and social media, in addition to canvassing, in their bid to get people to the polls in November.

RiseNWI is a nonpartisan group funded through a partnership with the Legacy Foundation and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

For details about RiseNWI, call Fishback at 219-736-1880 or send an email to