I've been in the workforce for over 20 years, and without a doubt being a Fall Fellow is the most difficult and most rewarding job I've ever tried to do. There were days I went home thinking, "What a great day!" and a few sleepless nights spent thinking, "Why do they even let me near the public?" But the best days were those I spent thinking, "I LOVE our volunteers!"
I had the privilege of getting to work with two volunteers who weren’t even able to vote for the President, but they're volunteering to help get Barack Obama re-elected. They threw a House Party and helped me to recruit most of their friends to form a Neighborhood Team. Another volunteer, a local high school student, is so fired up to turn Arizona Blue that he's starting a Young Democrats club in his high school and registering his friends to vote. Another reliable phone bank volunteer brings new meaning to "veteran volunteer" - her first phone bank experience was in 1960 for John F. Kennedy! She recruited her adult son to join our regular neighborhood phone bank.
In an area I thought was some of Phoenix "red" territory, I was blessed to find a group of incredibly reliable, passionate Democrats who worked together to form one of the most productive teams in the region. All I can think of in my final days of being a Fall Fellow is that I owe my volunteer teams a heartfelt thank you: you made me a better organizer, and together I believe we've created the momentum to turn Arizona Blue and make your communities a better place to live. Sign up to be a Spring Fellow and help change Arizona.