I volunteered in my community through the League of Women Voters of Amarillo. The League is a nonpartisan political organization that encourages the informed and active participation of citizens in government. The League came about from the movement that secured the right to vote for women, and today both men and women can be a part of their chapters which encourage participation in local, state and national issues.
One of the projects I worked on was the League’s Candidate forum. This forum allowed candidates for the city elections this spring to have equal opportunities to speak in a public and free forum so that voters could ask questions and hear what each candidate had to say. I worked on putting the program guide out and having it printed. The turnout for the event was great, and I think many people enjoyed getting to actually see and hear the candidates speak in person.
I also managed and updated the League’s Facebook posts, getting the word out via social media about events in the community as well as League events. I wrote thank you cards for donors and helped out with membership activities. I learned that it takes a lot of effort and participation to run an organization but that it is well worth the effort.
I very much enjoy working with the League as it is an organization that takes pride in informing and engaging citizens to be active in their local communities as well as in state and national issues. There are various committees that take on certain areas of interest, and it is amazing how much individuals can accomplish when they put their heads together to address a problem no matter what their political affiliation is. The main motivation is that all members want to see their community get better together.