The Task Force completley transformed my ideas of activism and gave me the best opportunity I've had so far to truly create change in my community. I wouldn't trade my experience with Task Force folks for the world. I learned so much!!
Never have I seen so many extraordinarily competent, hard-working, motivated, and effective people come out of an activist organization. Thank you for all of the hard work you do to bring equality for the LGBT community. I worked with Trystan Reese in California for the No on Prop 8 campaign. I never fashioned myself as an activist, but he made me feel so at home right from the start. He knew how to motivate and train grassroots leaders, giving us the tools we needed to really make a difference. Truly a phenomenal experience to work with him and his staff.
My experience with The Task Force has been nothing short of amazing. Very obviously, everyone I met from The Task Force is amazingly dedicated, talented, and hard-working. They know how to support groups and individuals, to help plant the seeds of grass-roots organizing that not only gets volunteers involved, but brings them to the forefront of the movement itself. Through working with The Task Force, I have not simply spent time working for something I support, but learned how to effectively focus my energy and passion to creating change. Rather than simply joining a movement, The Task Force has empowered me to help lead it. Because of this, I have become a better leader, a more focused worker, and gained confidence in all areas of my life, not just while working for marriage equality.
Volunteering for the Decline to Sign campaign and then being a super volunteer for the No on 8 campaign was very eye-opening to me. It helped me better understand the community I live in and the dynamics of running a local vote drive.
I have volunteered for the Task Force in a variety of different ways for over three years. As a concerned individual who likes to use their time wisely, selecting which organization to volunteer for has always been an issue for me, primarily because the goals and focus of the organization must correlate with my own. What I find highly valuable about The Task Force is that it is one of the only national LGBT organizations with a full view of the issues at hand-- it has folks working on everything from transgender specific concerns to hate crimes legislation to, of course, the battle for marriage equality and beyond. When I volunteer with The Task Force I feel like my time is also being held into consideration by great people doing absolutely crucial work. The work I have done specifically is volunteering at phone banks. I work a hectic schedule and phone banks are usually held at night around 6p. It gives me time to get off work and to an office. Not only are we supplied with dinner, but Task Force staff train everyone every time on how to phone bank. Definitely makes me feel very comfortable. Even when the phone conversations are awkward--calling voters in specific areas that are not so LGBT friendly, for example--Task Force staff coach you and make you feel confident to actually have a constructive conversation. Keeps me coming back every time! All in all, the organization is a perfect fit for an individual looking to be involved in all of the issues in a time useful manner. I would definitely recommend getting involved with NGLTF to anyone!