A little Colorado heat wave doesn’t keep our dedicated summer field organizers from beating the pavement to talk to neighbors, register voters, and keep this grassroots movement growing. Summer organizer Yonah, a student working for the campaign in Denver, is just one of our fantastic team members who are out and about every day to register voters and organize their communities.
Yonah’s a new addition to OFA Colorado, but he’s been involved in this movement for a long time. In 2008, he led his high school Students for Obama group and helped get out the vote to other new voters like himself. Now a rising senior in college, he’s pursuing community organizing both in and out of the classroom: he’s getting a minor in his university’s community action and social change program. He says he’s passionate about the Obama campaign not only because of the President’s values and accomplishments, but also because of the way the campaign is rooted in people coming together in their communities.
“When will we ever have another President who’s been a community organizer himself?" says Yonah. "This whole campaign is based on a great neighborhood model that builds off of people's own communities, and I love being a part of that and helping to get other people involved in their communities, too.”
Yonah also got to see First Lady Michelle Obama speak in Arapahoe County in June. She stressed the crucial role volunteers -- the canvassers, callers, and door-to-door goers -- played in 2008, and how each and every one of those efforts will make the difference again this November. Yonah, and all of the volunteers across Colorado, know that better than anyone. That’s why they’re out every day, clipboards in hand, to get Coloradans involved and keep changing this country for the better.