How to Host an Event in Your Area

1. Find a space. Keeping in mind a central location, available parking or public transportation access is important. Parks, state capitols, and city halls are all great iconic locations. (The event doesn’t have to be huge — you can also host a small event in your backyard if you’d prefer!)

2. Reserve the space and complete any necessary paperwork/permits.

3. Share the event details with us by filling out this form, so we can feature your event on our website!

4. Spread the word about your event, using social media, email, and flyers in local businesses. Tag @OurLives when possible. (Here’s a handy toolkit with suggested social media and email content you can use to draw more attention to your event—and download the Our Lives on the Line logo here to use in promo materials as well!)

5. Create a Facebook event for the event, and continue to promote it on your personal channels in the days leading up to it. Encourage your friends to share it as well!

6. Send a media advisory to local press inviting them to attend. (Here’s a sample media advisory that you can use!)

7. Identify 4-6 compelling speakers from your community. Local elected officials, faith leaders, activists, doctors, and nurses are all excellent options. The strongest speakers, however, are individuals who can share their personal health care stories.

8. Identify someone who can serve as the host of the event (it can be you!), and introduce each speaker.

9. Rent sound equipment (if needed) from a local audio-visual company, or borrow a megaphone.

10. Create an interactive space for individuals to share their story and use as a visual element at the event. Find our guide to building a story line here or request an event kit here.

11. Have a call with speakers a few days before the event to make sure they are prepared. Make sure you continue to promote your event in the weeks and days leading up to July 29.

12. Call the local TV stations the day before your event to remind them about it and encourage them to attend.

13. Arrive early the day of the event. Greet speakers and make sure they are prepared.

14. Take lots of photos, and tweet and share them with @OurLives and #OurLives throughout your event.