• ​Rebuilding rural
    community organizing,
    listening,
    ​respect,
    ​shared values,
    ​and community.

About us

Founded in 2022, Dirtroad Organizing is a 501(c)4 non-profit that empowers rural people to build power for a resilient, equitable, and democratic future. 


We support local organizing, provide trainings, cultivate grassroots leadership, and offer resources for community change. 


We combat ideological polarization and increase civic and electoral engagement for issues that are important to us through face-to-face conversations rooted in shared values, listening, respect, personal stories, democratic values, and empathy.

What We Offer

In our first year, we are running a targeted pilot program in Maine called the Maine Rural Organizing Program. In addition, we'll be trying our best to support work in other states. Our work focuses on building community power by providing direct organizing support, trainings, coaching, and community events. Below is an overview of what we offer.


Please reach out if you'd like to work with us! We'll also be adding more content to this website as we build our work.

Trainings

    • Rural Canvassing 101.
    • How to Train Volunteers for Rural Canvasses.
    • Deep Canvassing: how to have real, authentic, and meaningful conversations with rural voters.
    • Universe Creation.
    • Media and Mail.
    • Public Presence: Social Media and Signs.
    • If you need training not listed here, we’ll work with you to create a training that serves your needs.

Coaching

    We offer 1-1 coaching for rural organizers.

Data Services

    Need help navigating the VAN? Creating a door-knocking universe? We can help!

Deep Canvassing

    The core of rural organizing is listening. We’ve created a deep canvassing training to learn and practice this technique..

Leadership Development

    Are you starting your own organization? Running a campaign? Leading a group? We can help you develop leadership skills such as facilitation, organization development, fundraising, and more.

Community Forums

    Are you starting your own organization? Running a campaign? Leading a group? We can help you develop leadership skills such as facilitation, organization development, fundraising, and more.

Our Team

Chloe Maxmin

Hailing from rural Maine, Chloe is the youngest woman ever to serve in the Maine State Senate, at 28 years old. She was elected in 2020 after unseating a two-term Republican incumbent and (former) Senate Minority Leader. In 2018, she served in the Maine House of Representatives after becoming the first Democrat to win a rural conservative district with a negative 16 point Democratic Performance Index. She also received an honors degree from Harvard College, where she co-founded Divest Harvard. Chloe is the recipient of the Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes and the Brower Youth Award. She was also named a “Green Hero” by Rolling Stone. She was named the 2020 Legislator of the Year by the Maine Council on Aging. She is the co-author of Dirt Road Revival: How to Rebuild Rural Politics and Why Our Future Depends On It,

Canyon Woodward

Canyon was born and raised in the Appalachian Mountains of rural North Carolina and the North Cascades of Washington. He was the campaign manager for Chloe Maxmin’s successful 2018 and 2020 campaigns, flipping seats in the most rural county in the most rural state in the country. He was previously regional field director for Bernie Sanders 2016 in rural S.C., field director for Jane Hipps for NC Senate in rural NC, and vice chair of the NC District 11 Democrats. He earned an honors degree in social studies from Harvard College, where the bulk of his education took place outside of the classroom co- coordinating (with Chloe) Divest Harvard, a 70,000+person movement that succeeded in pressuring Harvard to divest its $53 billion endowment from fossil fuels. He is the co-author of Dirt Road Revival: How to Rebuild Rural Politics and Why Our Future Depends On It.


Get in touch, we'd love to hear from you:

DirtroadOrganizing@gmail.com