“Next week, the first black U.S. president, a living symbol of the racial progress civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. dreamed about, will stand near the spot where King stood 50 years ago and say where he believes the nation should be headed.” – Washington (AP)
For months leading up to the election I had received emails requesting monetary donations, I have donated small amounts on several occasions. I’ve been asked to post to Facebook and Tweet OFA information; I have also complied. I’ve received emails containing songs and videos asking to pass them on to my contacts which I have also done. I had signed up and received emails requesting to donate my time volunteering at a phone bank or knocking on doors – which I had never done…at least not until yesterday.
I like many other supporters like to talk the talk but are hesitant when it comes to walking the walk. That all changed yesterday when I volunteered to Phone Bank for The President at the Democratic Headquarters in New Castle. I will admit that it wasn’t an email, tweet or post that convinced me; it was having a conversation and later meeting a wonderful lady, an Obama volunteer who offered her extra yard sign. When she called, I once again said I didn’t have a whole lot of time to volunteer because I lived in Delaware and worked in Pennsylvania and on weekends I had to blah…blah…blah…excuse…excuse…excuse. However, before I ended the conversation I was asked her if she knew where I could purchase an Obama 2012 Yard Sign. She told me that she had an extra and since she lived close I decided to stop by and purchase, but she gave it to me – FREE of charge.
That one simple act of kindness made me change my mind so yesterday I volunteered a few hours and made 123 calls to registered voters in Pennsylvania.
I along with 4 others sat in a room armed with a cell phone provided by the Committee, a Voter Contact Script, and List Sheets with the names and numbers of registered voters. I called and spoke to supporters or left messages thanking them for their previous support. To those that answered the phone, I asked if they had any questions, if they needed a ride to the poll and the approximate time that they would be voting.
Although we were given a written script to read and requested to keep our conversations short and polite there was the possibility of reaching someone who wanted to challenge. Fortunately I witnessed such a conversation when a fellow volunteer reached an uninformed and undecided voter. With each negative and incorrect statement she countered with the correct information in a polite, non-combative way. The conversation lasted about 10 minutes most of which I overheard and was mesmerized by his misinformation about the President and his opponent. However, her ability to counter with the correct information as well as providing him with the website to read was awesome. She was pretty much drained after that conversation but was rewarded when the next several callers she reached were overly enthusiastic, “Fired Up and Ready to Go”
The Democratic Headquarters housed volunteers for all the State’s democrats running for office or reelection. They provided us with free pizza, water, soft drinks, cookies, crackers and candy but I was filled with was a sense of accomplishment as well as meeting some great people with the same goal – to get President Barack Hussein Obama reelected – 4 more 4 44!!