How will Freedom Summer differ from other canvassing programs?

Freedom Summer combines aspects of door-to-door canvassing with community organizing, service learning and leadership training programs.

From a political perspective, Freedom Summer takes a different tact than canvassing organizations such as the PIRGs. These organizations tend to focus on broad policy issues such as national health care or improving the environment. Freedom Summer, by contrast, is neighborhood or community-focused. Our first priority is to help communities work better together. If political issues emerge organically from community engagement, that's ok, but it is not the primary focus of the work.