Friday, July 25, 2014
Every Friday, the Ellison Campaign highlights a Volunteer of the Week to show our appreciation for all of our volunteers’ hard work. We can’t do this without them! Make a difference and click here to sign up to volunteer.
Carol Freeman is a charismatic woman whose smile and laugh are infectious. She won’t hesitate to crack a joke and will instantly put you in a good mood. Carol is retired but spent most of her life working in the field of education. “Since retirement I’ve spent all my time on two things: politics and travelling around the world.” Her favourite places are Turkey and Jordan, but she’s been to many more countries and does not plan on stopping any time soon. When she’s not travelling, she is tirelessly volunteering at our office!
Carol got her start volunteering with the Obama campaign. She had been an avid donor for many years, but she realized in 2012 that just giving money was not enough. She volunteered throughout her district and enjoyed it so much that after the elections she stuck around and joined Eva’s (our last Volunteer of the Week!) group.
Lead Field Organizer Erin Maye says that when they first met, Carol specifically told Erin that she “didn’t want to be in charge of anything.” Now, a month-and-a-half later, Carol is a successful Neighbourhood Team Leader for the Heart of the City area (but she still says she doesn’t want to be in charge!) In Erin’s words, “she comes in every day, she knows her people, she has incredible ideas, and people show up for her.”
She believes it is important to get involved with campaigning because putting Democrats in power is essential. “In Minnesota when we took back our government a lot of good things happened, and I want this to happen nationally, too.” She says that 2014 is a landmark year where taking back the House of Representatives can mean giving the country and President Obama two good years. “We can show the country what it can be like to be in a good place.”
Carol’s favorite part about volunteering is interacting with other volunteers as well as with voters on phones and at doors. She connects her background in education to her volunteering, because “meeting new people is a learning experience” that can connect people to each other and the world around. “Plus, it’s usually fun!” She likes to recruit because she believes more people should get involved in making sure we all go vote.
Thank you so much for your amazing hard work, Carol, we truly appreciate it!
With just 102 days to go until the election, we need you to join Carol and be a part of our team.
Click here to get involved.