We live by way of exhausting occasions, unprecedented occasions. A lot uncertainty leaves us feeling scared, helpless, and typically indignant. However these are additionally hopeful occasions which have introduced forth the very best of our group in wave after wave of kindness and compassion.
I needed to take a second to replicate on the work that we’ve been doing over the previous couple of months and the unbelievable classes I’ve discovered that each one return to 1 fact: we live a brand new type of politics.
As a lot of you recognize, I’m the state consultant for District 88 (Chelsea, Whitefield, Jefferson, and a part of Nobleboro). This 12 months, I’m working for state Senate in District 13, difficult Sen. Dana Dow.
We launched our marketing campaign in January with the imaginative and prescient of connecting with all of you head to head, on the doorways, at home events, group occasions, and a lot extra as we constructed a much bigger, higher, broader imaginative and prescient of what values-based group politics might appear like.
When COVID-19 hit Maine, we instantly put our marketing campaign on pause. We knew that tough occasions had been coming to District 13, and that it was no time to marketing campaign. However we already had a mighty community spanning from Wiscasset to Waldoboro, Boothbay to Whitefield, and we needed to make use of that community to assist of us in our group.
And so we pivoted our infrastructure from our private capacities to our volunteer capability, and set to work organizing our rising community to help seniors in District 13 throughout the COVID-19 disaster. Our marketing campaign was all the time meant to be by and for the folks of District 13. Proper now our group is in want, and so we’re there for our group.
We’ve organized by way of neighbor-to-neighbor telephone calls. We started by calling each senior residing alone in Jefferson to check out the imaginative and prescient and learn to make it work. In in the future, we known as everybody and located many seniors with severe wants. I talked to 1 lady that evening who was working out of meals. We related her with the Jefferson Meals Pantry, they usually despatched somebody over straight away to examine on her.
From there, we made our telephone banking efforts public and expanded our attain to each senior in District 13. We name everybody — no matter political persuasion. We’ve one easy purpose: to attach with seniors, guarantee that they’re OK, and join them with the folks, sources or info they want.
The response has been unbelievable. As of the final week of April, we had nearly 200 of us signal as much as volunteer with us. We’ve now known as each senior within the district. That’s 10,879 calls complete, reaching 3,214 folks.
We’ve related folks with the Lincoln County Meals Initiative, picked up prescriptions for people, given rides to pressing medical appointments (since most native experience companies have shut down), and extra. We had one lady request large-print books in order that she might learn. A volunteer tracked some down and delivered them to her door. One other volunteer related with somebody by way of our phone-bank who requested for the New York Occasions, and one more stepped as much as pay for the month-long subscription. We’ve a number of volunteers who check-in with folks every day or weekly to guarantee that all the pieces is OK. Ours is a community of hope and love — it’s really a particular factor.
We work in coordination with native meals aid efforts and share our sources. For instance, we work with Principal Road Grocery to assist them with volunteers for his or her weekly grocery deliveries. I’m on bi-weekly calls with the Lincoln County Meals Initiative to guarantee that we’re updated on their course of. (LCFI is an unbelievable effort doing really gorgeous work to make sure that everybody has entry to meals!)
We’ve discovered that there’s a higher means ahead not just for politics however for campaigns. For us, campaigns are usually not nearly getting one individual elected. They don’t seem to be nearly a day in November. They’re about our group. They’re about constructing one thing that endures past Election Day, because it creates bonds of true connection all through our group. I consider that politics is service and may help and supply for the wants of our group. This marketing campaign shouldn’t be about me. It by no means has been, and it by no means might be. It’s about us.
I’m honored to dwell right here with you all in Maine’s Senate District 13. We dwell in a house price preventing for. We’re particular. We’re robust. We defend one another. That’s the place I root myself — in us.
Chloe Maxmin of Nobleboro is a Democratic state consultant and a candidate for state Senate.
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