Subject: Jump in and do this
Back in the summer of 2008, I became a summer organizing fellow. It happened fast for me — and I had no idea what to expect.
But I knew I was doing something that mattered.
As soon as I arrived, I walked into a two-day training with some of the most incredible people I’ve ever met. I learned all the skills I’d need to get to work out in the field, and when it was over, I couldn’t wait to get started.
Becoming a summer organizing fellow was one of the best decisions I ever made — and right now you have a chance to make that same decision and become a fellow in Florida or another critical state that could swing this election.
When I was a fellow, I organized house meetings, phone banks, and voter registration drives, and got people fired up to support then-Senator Obama. I helped people learn the power they had to effect change in their communities — and I can tell you, there’s nothing in the world you can do that is more special or more important than that.
Now I’m working as the training director in Florida — and our state makes a huge difference in election after election. When new organizing fellows start here, I get to meet them all, hear their stories, and learn how they got drawn into this work. They are some of the most dedicated, hardworking, and passionate people in this movement — and working with them every day is the best part of my job.
I hope you’ll apply, because the fellows in battleground states like ours are especially critical right now. This election could be decided by just a few thousand votes — and a small handful of states that could include Florida.
Some of those deciding votes could come from the conversations you have and the people you reach. As a fellow, you’ll be doing the real work that will get people fired up and ready to turn out in November to vote.
The fellows here and across the country work long hours, just like I did back in 2008. These positions are unpaid. But you’ll take the skills that you learn as an organizing fellow with you everywhere, whether you stay in politics or go on to a career in another field.
So take the leap — the work will be the most rewarding that you’ll ever do, and you’ll know that every step you take out in the field is a step towards victory for President Obama and Democrats on Election Day.
Sign up here and we’ll be in touch:
Thanks, and hope that you join up,
Florida State Training Director
Organizing for America