Get Political! The Art of Political Volunteering
Each fall as election season rolls around, political volunteers come out of the woodwork. They’re going door-to-door, setting up booths at community events, handing out flyers, or snagging signatures outside your favorite stores. For many of these diehard volunteers, political elections are an opportunity to create change in a big way, by ensuring their candidate wins the race or by stopping (or pushing through) the passage of a critical proposition that will change the way a community runs.
Want to get in on the action? Political volunteering a great way to participate in the process, even if you aren’t old enough to vote. By being a political volunteer, you can still play a role in the outcome of just about any political decision. Here are some things you can do:
- Research the Candidates and Issues: Before you start volunteering, do your homework and learn about the different candidates (local, state, or national) and what they stand for. Read up on the key propositions on the ballot and choose the candidate(s) and/or issues that you feel most passionate about.
- Make Contact: Call, email, or even drop by the campaign headquarters of the candidate you want to support. Let them know you’re ready to roll up your sleeves and get busy helping them win!
- Be Willing To Do (Mostly) Anything: Political volunteering often involves lots of “grunt work,” which might include things like stuffing envelopes, handing out flyers, and making call after call, often to people who may not be interested in hearing what you have to say. Even though the tasks might seem mundane, they are a crucial part of any successful political campaign!
- Have a Positive Attitude and Lots of Endurance: Political campaigns can be tough to endure. They involve lots of hard work, and depending on what’s happening on any given day, the news on the frontlines might not be encouraging. Fight the good fight and stay positive and hopeful about your candidate and/or cause until the very last ballot is counted.
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