YDNC USO Day and Canvass

YDNC is proud to announce our first state-wide USO Day, which will take place on September 8, 2007 from 10:00 am until 4:00 pm at four different locations across NC. This event is open to everyone who supports our troops and the Democratic Party. The purpose of this day is two-fold. First, we wish to honor our military men and women and their families through contributions to the USO. Second, we want to use this day to go door to door across NC to help turn it blue. We want to kickoff our 2007 Campaign Season with a day of service to the community and a day of service to the Democratic Party.

YDNC and the NC Federation of College Democrats have established five locations across the state that will have simultaneous presentations to USO representatives beginning at 10:00 am. After the presentation, we will switch into rally mode, where we will hear from various members of YDNC and from elected Democrats and those running in the upcoming municipal elections. After the short rally and lunch (which will be provided for all participants), we will have a Get Out the Vote training followed by a door to door canvass of between 2,000 and 3,000 homes.

What do you need to do?

1. Collect donations (either financial or from the list below) to present on September 8.

2. Choose which event location you wish to attend (we assume you will go to the location closest to where you live, but you can choose any one of them). The locations for the event are:

9 Tallman Street, Jacksonville, NC 28540
Team Jacksonville: Kara Hollingsworth Committeewoman@YDNC.org 910-574-7746

St. Andrew's Episcopal Church
3601 Central Ave. Charlotte, NC 28205
Team Charlotte: Zeb Smathers Committeeman@YDNC.org

Hillside High School
3727 Fayetteville Road Durham, NC 27707
Team Raleigh/Durham: Zack Hawkins President@YDNC.org 919-824-3090

Buncombe Co. Dem. Party HQ
951 Fairview Rd. Asheville, NC 28803
Team Asheville: William Styles ws38409@wcu.edu 828-736-1413

Young Democrats will visit troops and their families at the local military hospital. This visit is designated for a small group only due to on-base security restrictions! Contact Phillip Gilfus at ncpublicservant@gmail.com.

3. Prepare to participate in a short event honoring the USO and the troops. After honoring the USO, we will provide GOTV and SDR training and lunch. Immediately following the training will we ALL go out and knock on 2000-3000 doors in each area, SO PLEASE BRING YOUR WALKING SHOES!

4. Check www.ydnc.org for a specific timeline for the day’s events.

5. Invite all of your Democratic friends. While sponsored by the YDs and the NCFCD, this event is open to all Democrats, regardless of age.

6. Contact the event coordinator for the location of your choice listed above for more information on the day’s events.

We hope to see all of you at the event. If you have questions, feel free to contact the team leader listed for the location you are interested in attending or Zack Hawkins at president@ydnc.org.

Let’s make this a great day for the troops, the USO, and Democrats across the state.

Below is the list of suggested donations.


Suggested Items for Rack Packs
(packs are gender neutral & trial sizes are great!):

  • Paper Towels, Cups, Plates, Napkins*
  • Toilet Paper*
  • Coffee mugs*
  • Toothbrushes
  • Toothpaste
  • Mouthwash
  • Razors
  • Deodorant
  • Soap
  • Shampoo & Conditioner
  • Laundry Detergent
  • White athletic socks
  • Deck of cards
  • Paperback crossword puzzle books
  • Disposable Cameras
  • AA Batteries
  • Snacks (prepackaged, non-melting) ex. Pretzels
  • Pre-paid International Calling Cards
  • Pillows

Suggested Items for Kids Packs:

  • Crayons
  • Coloring books
  • Bubbles
  • DVDs
  • Stickers
  • Disposable Cameras
  • AA Batteries
  • Snacks (prepackaged, non-melting) ex. Pretzels
  • Books

Suggestive items for rummage sale
(Specific to Jacksonville Only)
Gently used, clean household items, recreational and sporting goods, clothing, electronics, children's toys and baby items.


Which one will JR attend?

Cause the party's in the CLT ;-)

1 Thessalonians 5:21: But examine everything carefully; hold fast to that which is good.

I always wanted to be the avenging cowboy hero—that lone voice in the wilderness, fighting corruption and evil wherever I found it, and standing for freedom, truth and justice. - Bill Hicks

Can we get this sticky'd or

rec'd up? Needs some visibility. :)

"They took all the trees and put them in a tree museum Then they charged the people a dollar 'n a half just to see 'em. Don't it always seem to go that you don't know what you've got till it's gone? They paved paradise and put up a parking lot."

This will be a great event

This event will be one of the first truly state-wide events that YDNC will hold. What could be a better? Supporting our troops in a meaningful way, GOTV training, and canvassing all in one day. Well, I do know something better: winning more elections. The good news is that Saturday will lead us to more wins.

Im away obviously

But I am really really happy to see the change in the Young Dems this year. I know that in the past and in other places young dems and college dems dont do all that much "boots on the ground" type work, but I see that is quickly changing. If the start of this year is any indication the Young Dems of NC are going to be a model for how to do party based, statewide organizing.

Good Job Zack and the rest of the officers, and good job to everyone who is putting their feet where their mouths are and doing something to create change.

Wish I was there to participate.

"Keep the Faith"

"Keep the Faith"

I hope to see you...

I have posted on several occasions, but this might be my most important one yet. I along with Laura DeCastro, President of the College Democrats, and Becky Gomer, President of the Mecklenburg Young Democrats, are spearheading this wonderful event in Charlotte. We all would love to have BlueNC come out and support us. Personally speaking there is nothing that makes me angrier than when someone challenges my love of country simply because I am a Democrat. Patriotism does not just belong to one party, but is something that we all share in. Patriotism is something that each of us celebrate in our own way. It may be public by the waving of a flag or in private by saying a simple prayer when another solider is lost to war. On Saturday, we have an opportunity to send a clear message that though we may disagree with the war, we stand firmly behind our troops and recognize their sacrifice. This is not a show of partisanship, but a show of patriotism. I have enjoyed meeting many of you over the last few months, and I hope that I am able to meet several more of you in Charlotte this Saturday. In keeping with the military theme of the day, the voter-canvassing event that will follow the USO event will be a great “boots on the ground” opportunity that will help elect Democrats in Mecklenburg County. Again, I hope to see you in Charlotte, but if you cannot make it to the Queen City, I hope you can attend one of the other YDNC events across the state…

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