Hello everyone, for two months I have been volunteering for the Biden and Harris campaign, and also the very important senatorial campaign of Democrat Jaime Harrison in South Carolina (check him out if you have not heard about him yet at http://www.jaimeharrison.com .
I make autodialer phone calls and send auto texts in which I talk to voters live in real time using sophisticated proprietary software in three heavily contested swing states. In a four hour shift, I can text 600 voters live, or dial 70 voters when calling on our autodialer line. Out of this texts or dials, I average 45 engaging conversations via text from those who respond per shift, or 25 conversations per shift when I work by phone. You multiply that by the fact that we have about 70 to 100 volunteers per shift, and that number is 4,900 text conversations and 1,750 conversations on just the low side. Consider that is just for ONE COUNTY alone and just our group.
There are also two other groups like us in every county. So make that 14,700 full text conversations or 5,250 telephone conversations on the low side per four hour shift for each county, now multiply that by every county in the United States, and you see the power of us working together.
Our volunteers are all valuable and contribute greatly. What makes me unique as a volunteer is that I have volunteered on three Democratic presidential campaigns and have a lot of knowledge on the election and issues, so I know what to say when I talk to voters as well as what to say (and what NOT to say) to independents who are on the fence.
I have many great stories, but some recent great stories to name a very few were: a woman who put on her coat and shoes while I was talking to her and headed out the door to pick up four relatives to vote early in person when she found out there were multiple locations within driving distance; a young real estate worker and independent voter who said he spent so much time working and being busy that he had not followed the news much, and I told him how the Obama administration and other progressives had been good for realtors. He said no one else had given him this information and he would pass along to his co-workers; an unmotivated millennial who said he had a carefree life and barely voted but knew of friends who were effected by police discrimination, I told him well then vote on behalf of your friends who don't have a voice; two older women who did not have Internet access were able to get their early vote locations from me.
Our volunteers come from all walks of life. They all get off the phone inspired, with chills up their spine, telling us of all the stories they are getting from all over the country from voters of what inspired them to vote or tell others get out and vote. Me personally, I work two jobs in order to be able to provide for my daily living. I however, took some time away from my second job to do this, because I have a unique set of skills that I believe the campaign could use and to be a voice for others and for the greater good of society. So your contributions will be used toward the fact that I spent some time away from my second job for the past two months to do this.
All the paid field work positions filled up FAST, so I decided to stay on as an unpaid volunteer because I felt that the work was that important. If everyone who reads this gave small donation of just $5 to $7, or more if you're feeling generous, I will be able to meet my needs in order to heavily benefit others. I will continue to power dial and power text all the way up until 8pm EST on election day, to account for polls still open on the west coast.
Funding commercials is important, and always will be, but it's that personal one-to-one phone call that will make many people put on their coat and shoes and head out to the polls while you are speaking to them why is why direct contact campaigns are important. Please consider donating as well as the power of the multiplier by forwarding this link to two of your like-minded, progressive friends or hitting the Facebook or Tweet button above.