This summer has been amazing to say the least. During the moral freedom summer program New Hanover county has been a part of some great events. This summer the branch partnered with many organizations and businesses to promote voter registration. We have partnered with the Sierra Club, Democracy NC, YWCA, YMCA, AME Zion Church, local barber shops and beauty salons. There have been voter registration drives at many events as well including the New Hanover County aids walk, Backpack to school drive, Mics Wide open Poetry slam and WE GOT NEXT! The New Hanover County branch also hosted door to door canvasses within the community as well. With the help of volunteers from the community and other organizations we were able to register many people in the region. This program has helped not only me, the organizer; understand the importance of voting but it has helped my community as well. There have been moments of resistance from people in the community but throughout every challenge there was a beautiful solution. One of my favorite moments in the program was being able to plan my very first voter registration event, WE GOT NEXT! This event was catered to the youth and young adults in the community to stress the importance of voting. I am so blessed that I was able to befriend and network with like-minded individuals who are passionate about change.
- Danielle Addison, New Hanover MFS Organizer