At farmer's markets, strip-malls, and town squares across the county, thousands of volunteers reached out to friends and neighbors this Saturday to register new voters and ask folks to be in for 2012.
Arranged by this year’s class of summer organizers, Saturday’s day of action brought out brand new and long-standing volunteers. In Virginia, Jamal was there for the President.
“I think he’s doing a great job. This is my first time volunteering for the Obama 2012 campaign and I can’t wait to get more involved.
“Sometimes it can be tough talking to voters, but then you get the one person who smiles and says, “Yes, I’m In.” It makes it all worth it.”
Adam, another volunteer, was looking for a fulfilling way to spend his weekend:
“I want to contribute, to do my part. I don’t just want to talk about the issues, but to actually make a difference.
“It was challenging, but good challenging. The more you go out, the more you meet people, the more time you spend with people who have done this before, the more confidence you have and the better you get at it.”
For Gavin, one of the summer organizers responsible for organizing Saturday’s events, the importance of the day of action was clear:
"We know we're not going to get everyone we speak with to register. We just have to be persistent and keep asking.”
We’re building this campaign person by person, block by block, community by community. The folks who registered to vote for the first time this weekend, the supporters who told us that they were in and yes, they wanted to volunteer—that’s what this campaign is about. This is how we’ll grow.
Did you take part in Saturday’s day of action? Let us know how it went in the comments. And keep an eye out for details about the next day of action in July.