My earliest memory of community service was in a small rural community in South Carolina. My sister and I helped my mother distribute brown paper bags filled with food to the county residents. I will never forget the smiles of women and children who opened the doors of their single-wide mobile homes with a smile to accept the grocery bag from Piggly Wiggly. From my first community service project until now, my work in the classroom and community has been about fighting for the vulnerable and voiceless. I desire to make our nation better for all families to live and thrive.
“We must begin to unpack core issues and continuously vow to protect our children and preserve families. Economic hardships, unemployment, and underemployment often increase the likelihood of poverty-especially in rural communities. Additionally, low wage jobs, high housing cost, and resources to purchase healthy foods increase the daily burdens of our vulnerable citizens. Wages must increase.”
“Parents are a vital part of the workforce. Liberal leave policies, eight weeks of paid maternity and paternal leave support the family structure after the birth or adoption of a child. If one parent stays at home to support the family after the birth or adoption, tax credits or deductions should be equal to child tax credits and deductions for working families. ”
“Narrowing the diversity and inclusion gap in the community and workplace for individuals with disabilities is a priority. Individuals with disabilities often face obstacles when attempting to return to the workforce. Additionally, many disabled citizens are faced with the challenge of cost-effective support by community based services.”
“Disability benefits are often a fraction of the salary of previous wage earners, and individuals may face a reduction in disability benefits when returning to work. Return to work incentives, federal contracting opportunities, and entrepreneurship will help increase wealth and the quality of life for disabled citizens.”
“I am committed to building better community partnerships to reduce crime within our community. Providing ongoing dialogue, mentorship, and community programs are essential to our creation of safer communities. ”
“Air pollution and clean water impact the health of our community. We must reduce our carbon footprint and preserve our natural resources to ensure the health and wellness of each citizen.”
“Higher educational institutions and public schools must have constant dialogue and programmatic solutions to address student success and preparedness. Financial barriers must not prevent individuals from access to higher education. Free and affordable options will support low-income and middle-class families.”
“Offering a variety of educational models is essential in our nation's classrooms. Community based educational extension programs will help reduce social determinants that impact low academic achievement. We must work tirelessly to close achievement gaps for low-income students. Moreover, disciplinary reform in necessary to preserve the future of our children.”
FUNDRAISER The fundraiser is responsible for raising the money that will allow the campaign to accomplish its goals. You will work closely with the candidate, campaign manager and a finance committee to meet the financial goals of the campaign. You are in charge of keeping the candidate on track with fundraising, preparing for and staffing call time, and overseeing all fundraising events. Seeking a highly organized, outgoing and motivated volunteer.
The communications team is in charge of all of the campaign’s interactions with the media. They build relationships with the press, communicate with the media as the key spokesperson, set up interviews and identify media opportunities for the campaign. They may help write and develop campaign literature, draft speeches for the candidate and create copy for the campaign web site. The communications director should have prior experience and contacts with the media, be a good writer and communicator, and be a pro-active thinker and strategist.
FIELD TEAM/VOTER CONTACT
The field team is in charge of making sure the campaign gets its message out through direct voter contact. Their main responsibility is to develop a comprehensive plan that includes door knocking and phoning in order to ID voters and persuade them about the candidate. They may also coordinate voter registration efforts. The field team needs to be highly organized, energetic, capable of motivating.
The political team works with specific constituency groups to organize their involvement with the campaign, for example – labor, seniors, educators, veterans, communities of color, new Americans, environmentalists, and college students, etc. They help develop a voter contact plan in coordination with the field director for particular communities by building relationships with the existing organizations that represent these communities. Team members have experience working with diverse constituencies, commitment to expanding the base and good communication skills.
The information technology team coordinates and manages all aspects of the campaign with regard to technology – web site, database, computer infrastructure, etc. The responsibilities might range from maintaining the web site to developing the database to providing a computer network for the staff. Team members need to have a broad knowledge of technology, computers and software and be able to work in a rapid-paced environment.
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