For the It Takes One weekend of action, the First Lady asked supporters to volunteer and bring one new person along. Angela, a first-time volunteer herself, brought two. Here’s how Angela got involved, and how she inspired her mom Nancy and her friend Wallace to join, too.</p
Angela: Back in May, I knew I wanted to really be a part of the campaign here in Chicago, but didn’t know where to start. So I signed up online, got some information, and then right away I heard from Charles, a community organizer for OFA-Illinois. Every week he sent me an email update, letting me know about all of the events going on, and he got me on Dashboard so I could be in the loop that way, too. He was always offering me different opportunities, which I felt was really welcoming. He was the first face of OFA-Illinois for me. I went to a few open houses, but this canvassing trip to Dubuque, Iowa for the weekend of action was my first time volunteering in a truly hands-on way.
Nancy: Angela told me about this canvassing opportunity she was really gung-ho about. And then she said, “Want to go?” and of course I said yes. I’ve been a supporter from the very beginning, so I couldn’t have been more excited to go with her.
Wallace: Angela brought it up to me as a cool thing to do, and she said that she had met a lot of great people on the campaign so far. It was something I’d never done, so I thought, why not give it a try? And I totally support President Obama, so it wasn’t hard for me to say yes. I didn’t volunteer in the last presidential election, but I think the older you get, and the more things you see happen in the world, you realize you can’t wait. If you know that helping out in any small way can be beneficial, you just need to.
Angela: It was inspiring to see the amount of people who came out to Dubuque to canvass, and the variety of people, too—young and old, people of different races.
Nancy: My big takeaway was the investment that everyone put into that day. The dedication of this group to wake up early and drive to Iowa, the thoughtfulness of the Iowa volunteers we met, having food and water waiting for us after a day of canvassing … it was incredible.
When I got in the van to go back to Chicago, I just had so much hope. We may hear negative things on the news about this election, but once you start meeting the people who are out there, caring for others, and making genuine investments of their time, you come away feeling so inspired.
Angela: Absolutely. It was such a positive experience. And it was easy to invite people to volunteer—especially for a canvassing trip. It was kind of a big adventure, and it was so much fun to do as a big group.
Since their first canvassing trip, Wallace has stopped by his local field office to make calls, Angela has become a digital contributor for OFA-Illinois, and Nancy is looking forward to the next event. Join Dashboard to see how you how can get involved in your neighborhood.