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VOLUNTEER HIGHLIGHT

Maryann Wright

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.

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