Name: Maryann W.Campaign role: Neighborhood Team Leader Hometown: Georgetown, SC Organizing in: Columbia, South Carolina
What is your role with the campaign?As a Neighborhood Team Leader (NTL), my job is to build a grassroots organization of supporters and volunteers who live in the neighborhoods that make up northeast Columbia in Richland county. As a Neighborhood Team, we canvass small businesses, make phone calls and hold voter registration drives. We often perform our work at the Organizing for America South Carolina (OFA-SC) headquarters, where we do data entry and team planning. I also schedule time at the OFA-SC headquarters three days a week to conduct one-on-one interviews with prospective volunteers, make phone calls, help other NTLs build their teams, organize campaign materials and train fellow volunteers.
How did you first come to the campaign?I began volunteering at the OFA-SC headquarters in August 2010, making phone calls to help identify President Obama’s supporters. That led me to host a house meeting on a Day of Action in October, and as a result of that house meeting, we formed the northeast Columbia Neighborhood Team.
What do you like most about your role?I love hearing people talk about why they support President Obama. There is such passion and conviction in their voices, and I am always moved by their personal stories and connections to President Obama. The pay off, of course, is to have them commit to working as volunteers to get the President re-elected in 2012.
What’s the most unexpected part of your role?As an NTL, I’m surprised that there is still a need to educate people about their civic duty and responsibility when it comes to voting.
Tell us a fun fact about yourself.I am addicted to Zumba classes and Facebook.
If you live in northeast Columbia and are interested in joining Maryann’s team, you can reach her at 732-672-2119.