Over the next two months, we’ll be keeping you up to date on the progress the 2011 class of summer organizers is making in their communities—and you'll be hearing directly from them, too. Meet five summer organizers who will be posting regular updates here on the blog about how things are going out in the field:
Tara, an Ohio native, is currently in college at Ohio State University and very excited to be spending her summer out in the field:
“Applying to be a summer organizer was my thank you letter to President Obama. Instead of admiring the President’s accomplishments, like health care reform, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, and the Equal Pay Act, I realized that I could stand with him—and together we could change the world.”
Jeanie is already serving her community as a councilwoman for Williamsburg County, South Carolina, seeing for herself the difference the President's policies have made:
"I am proud to be a summer organizer for Organizing for America. I live in a very rural [area] and small town in Hemingway, South Carolina. I have campaigned in many elections before 2008, but after President Obama was elected I was motivated to get even more involved in my community."
Sarah, a student at the University of Southern California, is back home in Iowa for the summer and looking forward to doing big things:
“I wanted to do something worthwhile with my summer. I believe this campaign is going to help ensure that President Obama is able to continue doing great things for our country, and I am so excited to be in!”
A Las Vegas native, Alex has been in since the beginning:
“In 2008, despite being too young to vote, I saw an opportunity to get involved with the campaign. Although I was just an intern, I enjoyed every minute of it. Come 2012, with the unforgettable experience I had in mind, I want to take on a more involved role.”
And Caitlin caught the organizing bug straight out of college:
“This spring, I began an internship with Organizing for America. I began to have great conversations with my friends, family, and neighbors about how Barack Obama has changed our country. I was honored to work for President Obama and my community this spring, and I am thrilled that I will be able to continue this positive work during the summer months.”
Make sure to check back to hear from all five summer organizers over the next two months as they share their ups, downs, and stories from the field with us. In the meantime, keep an eye on the Twitter hashtag #SumOrg11 for all the latest news from the 2011 class of summer organizers.