My name is Mayra Acevedo. I’m originally from California and was raised in Oceanside, but I’m currently living in Albuquerque, New Mexico. I got my bachelor’s degree at the University of New Mexico, and now I am working for a nonprofit and volunteering for the Obama campaign.
I am deputized to register U.S. citizens to vote in New Mexico, which has allowed me to communicate the importance voting in our city. In addition to registering voters, I have participated in phone banks, canvassing, and other campaign events. In my opinion, the best part of being involved in the campaign is the relationships that emerge from the people you meet.
I was very impressed with the fact that President Obama is working to grant options for undocumented students. That’s wonderful! He’s providing opportunities for those students who have dreams and aspirations of achieving a college degree. It brings me joy to see our President fighting for equality and opportunities for everyone in our country.
My experience volunteering has been sensational. I have learned how to interact with people of various levels, and most of all, my confidence has improved. In addition, I’ve learned a lot from the volunteers. I feel that we are making a difference with each conversation, phone call, and message we convey on a daily basis to the New Mexico community about our President’s accomplishments and hopes for his next term. I am honored to say, "I am voting for President Obama for 2012!"
I’m committing my time and energy to volunteer with our President’s grassroots campaign until November. I feel confident that my efforts and those of the many dedicated volunteers in New Mexico will come a long way in this election.