Name: Tawnya King
Team role: Data Coordinator, Barack Blazers team
Hometown: Detroit, Michigan
Based in: Detroit, Michigan
Q1. What does a day as a volunteer look like to you?
I help our team with data entry. In our office, there’s a bin of paperwork that needs to be entered into the computer at the end of the day: voter registration forms, “I’m In” cards, phonebanking data, and so on. So when I get there, I’ll take whatever’s in that bin and get started. Sometimes paperwork piles up from other teams in the area too, so in addition to our team’s data, I’ll do theirs. Whatever needs to be done, I’ll do it!
There’s a saying we have: If the work doesn’t get entered, it doesn’t count. So I know what I do matters.
Q2. How did you first come to the campaign?
I just started volunteering last year. In 2008, I was taking care of my mother, so I wasn’t able to get involved. But last year I received an email to volunteer, attended a few meetings, and got really into it. I think President Obama is doing a great job—and he needs another term in office. I think he’s the best president we have had in my lifetime. I trust him.
Q3. What's your favorite part of your role?
I care a lot about voter registration. I’ll run into young people and I’ll just ask them, “Hey, are you registered? Are you interested in volunteering?” I’ll give them some information and tell them to come down to the office if they’re interested.
Then sometimes when I’m entering data, I might see an “I’m In” card from someone I talked to about volunteering, or a voter registration form from a young person I talked to earlier. That puts a smile on my face.
I think it’s really important for young people to get involved. I first got into politics when I was a young person back in the day—I knocked on doors and handed out literature for Coleman Young, Detroit’s first African American mayor. I even got my grandson involved for Obama’s campaign. He works in our office now. I also love meeting and working with other organizers and volunteers.
Q4. What's the most unexpected part of your role?
I have a friend who’s a volunteer, and she goes out to talk to people and canvass, and she always gives them my name. So people will come into the office looking to get involved, and they’ll ask for “Tawnya.” That kind of makes me feel good, too!
Q5. Tell us a fun fact about yourself.
Some people may not know: I’m a grandmother to six grandchildren.
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