This Saturday, August 4, Young Democrat Day will celebrate the service-minded Millennial Generation by giving Young Democrats across North Carolina the opportunity to give back through registering voters, donating blood, collecting canned food, and more. Events are planned in Murphy, Asheville, Black Mountain, Dallas, Charlotte, Winston-Salem, Greensboro, Chapel Hill, Raleigh, Fayetteville, Clayton, Elizabeth City, Wilmington, and Manteo. Follow the action starting at 4 AM using the #YDDay hashtag!
All over the state, Young Democrats will spend the weekend making a difference. Gaston Young Democrats will help distribute school supplies, Mecklenburg Young Democrats will donate blood, Guilford Young Democrats will collect cans to combat a shortage at the local food bank, and Young Democrats from Asheville to Wilmington will register voters.
The Young Democrats of Guilford County are planning an all-day food drive for Urban Ministries in Greensboro at Bestway (2113 Walker Avenue). This chapter will be collecting food for the Urban Ministries which provides crisis intervention and emergency services for those in need. Young Democrats across the state will donate canned food items to help with this drive - cans will be collected from Murphy to Manteo.
The Young Democrats of Mecklenburg County will hold a blood drive with the Community Blood Center of the Carolinas (CBCC) from 11-1 PM on Saturday at 1560 West Blvd. in Charlotte. Blood supplies are dangerously low during the summer months, so in addition to encouraging new voters Young Democrats will be recruiting new blood donors. YDNC President Sam Spencer is currently in a program to give blood with CBCC seven times in 2012.
The Young Democrats of North Carolina passed a platform in 2011 with a renewed commitment to community service. The plank on Volunteerism reads: "WE BELIEVE The Democratic Party is the party of action. Young Democrats should be active in the statewide and local electoral process. Besides electing and supporting Democratic officials and candidates, Young Democrats must live our principals and values through community-based activism."
"Our generation is committed to public service and giving back to our communities," said YDNC President Sam Spencer. "The Democratic Party is the party that gives young Americans the opportunity to serve. President Obama passed the Serve America Act to expand national service programs and create jobs for young Americans, he signed into law the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act which kept teachers and public servants in good jobs, and he has worked to make college more affordable so students can get the education they need to serve their communities."
Founded in 1928, the Young Democrats of North Carolina (YDNC) is an organization for all registered Democrats under 36, including College Democrats and Teen Democrats. YDNC is one of the oldest political organizations in our state, and is the founding chapter of the Young Democrats of America. YDNC is the official youth auxiliary of the North Carolina Democratic Party. Its mascot is the Honey Badger.