Volunteer of the Week: Helen Heitz

Friday, September 14, 2012

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.

Despite living with multiple sclerosis, Helen Heitz makes frequent visits to the Ellison Campaign office. As a volunteer, she speaks with hundreds of Minnesotans over the phone about what’s at stake in the upcoming election.

“I feel energized every time I come here. It’s exciting to hear volunteers, staff, and interns making phone calls to voters in so many languages, whether it’s English, Somali, Hmong, or Spanish. We reach out to everyone in our community. I think that’s great.”

Helen volunteers because she wants to help Keith be an advocate for people without a voice in politics. “It’s important for people to be involved in the political process. After all, the people we elect make decisions that have a direct impact on our lives,” she says.

Though she’s known for her soft yet kind voice, the one-on-one conversations Helen has with voters are incredibly powerful.

“Helen makes a big difference on our campaign,” says Michael Ohama, community organizer with the Ellison Campaign. “Not only is she letting voters know what’s at stake this election, she goes the extra mile by helping train new volunteers. Calling her an asset to our campaign would be an understatement. When it comes down to it, Helen is an invaluable community leader.”

If you’re wondering about what you can do to make a difference in the political process, Helen has some great advice for you. “Do whatever you can,” she says.

“If you can’t knock doors, you could put labels on envelopes for mailings. If you’re nervous about speaking to voters over the phone, have more conversations with your neighbors and friends.”

“You’re not going to make a difference by sitting around and watching TV, that’s for sure,” she laughs.

Volunteers will make the difference this election. We need you to join Helen and be a part of our team.

Click here to get involved.

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