By Yuri Villa, Organizer
I have gotten to where I am today thanks to people in my life who have believed in me and challenged me to keep growing and bettering myself in every way possible.
There was Mr. Stover in fifth grade, Mrs. Jones in high school, and Loretta at UT Arlington, who has been my mentor ever since I had the privilege of working for her during my undergrad career. These individuals have shaped my life in so many ways. They challenged me to step out of my comfort zone and take on certain roles I never thought I could handle.
Now, I have the opportunity to be that person for hundreds of volunteers on the east side of El Paso. I get to be the person who empowers, challenges, motivates and inspires others to take action. I can instill that sense of ownership and responsibility within them and challenge them to stand up for Texas by becoming catalysts for change. In other words, I have a dream job!
In my time in El Paso so far, I've gotten to meet with people who represent its diverse population. Volunteers have shared with me the values they hold and the issues they are facing. I see passion within them and I know that they are eager to help strengthen our movement and support our efforts. In our very first week, we held a neighborhood phone bank that reached hundreds of people, registered students at a local community college, and organized a protest against Greg Abbott's offensive "third-world" comments — and this is only the beginning.
Today, I want to call on you to join our efforts and become a volunteer in your own community, and I challenge you to invite others to join with you. There is no greater feeling than working together towards a common goal and seeing your work make a real difference: That kind of fulfillment is priceless.
Become a volunteer and join the thousands of Texans standing up for change!
Join your neighborhood team today.
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