Grassroots Campaign Volunteerism
Whether you agree with the president's agenda or not, you can answer his call for service in your local political community. All you have to do is find a local group and start volunteering, which is a lot easier to do than you might think.
Begin by thinking about an issue you feel passionately about. Try to focus on a common concern that you think people might rally around -- for example, the environment, government spending or health care.
Next, do a quick Internet search of the topic and see what comes up for your area. Chances are there will already be one or more groups established to call attention to the issue. Find a group or campaign you like, and contact them to see what volunteer opportunities they have available.
When you connect with an organization, use your talents. If you're a decent writer, perhaps you could try writing a few convincing letters to local congressmen and political leaders to endorse your cause. If you keep your cool in heavy downtown traffic, then you can shuttle other volunteers and concerned citizens to events and rallies.
Just don't expect everything about volunteer work to be fun and easy. It's great to collaborate with like-minded people coming together over a common cause, but no matter what, you can expect to do some grunt work -- regardless of your skill set or experience. Telemarketing, handing out flyers to apathetic and disinterested fellow citizens and even the much dreaded door-to-door canvassing are all par for the course.
The most important thing to remember, however, is that even though it might feel like your grassroots efforts don't matter or aren't making a difference, the fact is that they do. President Obama secured the Democratic nomination from presumed shoo-in Hillary Clinton in large part through his organized and effective grassroots movement [source: Hamburger]. The beauty of grassroots campaigns is that they're the backbone of the American political system. Regardless if you want to get a start in politics or just want to spend some time trying to support a political cause or candidate, grassroots campaigns are the place to do it.