In 2008, I was motivated to contribute to the presidential campaign; as a result, I assisted with voter registration and raised awareness amongst individuals who desired to restore their voting rights. However, after the election, I wasn’t very productive. At some point it hit me! It is not over and much work remains! Therefore, I began volunteer work with Organizing for America. Reflecting on the African proverb, “I am because we are and because we are therefore I am,” I realized that “we,” the community, supporters, and voters must utilize our individual strengths to plant, rebuild, and harvest. Our community is only as strong as the people who comprise it; hence, all of us must execute our respective roles to ensure its sustainability. As of late, I have been contacting supporters in an effort to build teams in Shelby County for the 2012 campaign. My 1:1 (in-depth organization building conversations) experiences have been great so far. I’ve been in contact with interesting people who are eager to get involved with the 2012 campaign. I was a little nervous going in because I really didn’t know what to expect. However, the enthusiasm of the folks I’ve met made the task much easier. We shared stories and conversation flowed freely. I discovered that: Letitia R. is in because she “believes in our country.” By way of her profession, she encounters various social issues that impact the community. Consequently, she is dedicated to changing circumstances in Memphis. While she believes we must work harder in 2012, she is committed to the platform. Martha W. has been a supporter since 2008, but wasn’t directly involved with the campaign. However, she feels that now, more than ever, we must unite to fight for the causes that are necessary to the progress of Americans. Both ladies agreed to host and recruit others. Their willingness to jump in and contribute more of their time to the campaign inspires me to continue working, to keep pushing, and to keep building bridges with President Obama’s supporters who are looking for new opportunities to get involved. As a result of their initiative, I am more confident initiating 1:1s and hope to build solid teams in Shelby County.