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View Diary: URGENT NEED: GOTV help in North St. Louis (FINAL Update) (233 comments)

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    I volunteer out of this office. It's absolutely true that we are strapped for volunteers and need help immediately.

    The issue is NOT with our current paid staff. The DFOs and FOs we've been sent in recent weeks are excellent and they are working as hard as they can.

    The issue is that the area in question (and I know this well, because I was born in this area) is a working-class area. Many of the people who live here have been hard hit by the recent economic downturn and the loss of manufacturing jobs in the area; the Ford plant that shut down employed a lot of local workers. Many of my neighbors work two or even three jobs to make ends meet; many others work and are in school or work and have three or four kids, or are elderly or disabled. So even though there is a lot of support for Obama in this neighborhood, there are a lot of people who simply don't have many hours to spare for volunteering.  

    We also had some early organizational snafus (due to plain old bad luck) when the office opened that delayed the arrival of qualified staff and good office equipment. We don't have working landline phones in the office, so we've been phone banking with six cell phones. We don't have a working copy machine. My own scanner/printer and microwave are currently serving the office; in these last weeks I've been keeping the staff supplied with orange juice and coffee. Other volunteers have brought in food and other equipment, but again, many people in this neighborhood can't afford to make similar donations.

    The staff and many of the dedicated volunteers we have are working 12-16 hour days trying to GOTV. The state campaign is most definitely aware of our issues, and they have been working to help us, but in a battleground state they have so many irons in the fire I imagine they just haven't been able to shift resources quickly enough.

    Please help if you can.

    Yesterday a man who had lost both of his legs came to my staging location wearing prosthetics to WALK the neighborhood for two hours. I've been sick for days with a bad cough and was feeling pretty dismal sitting there in that office managing my tiny crew of canvassers, until he came in, and reminded me I needed to quit complaining to myself and WORK.

    If he can do this, any of us can.

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