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Citizens Campaign for the Environment

Grassroots Canvasser

May - August 2018 • Farmingdale, NY

What I liked

This job offered a really unique way to connect with citizens and encourage them to be active participants in our democracy. It was so fulfilling to educate people about important environmental issues and get them to connect with their elected officials about the policies that affect them. Being able to see a bill that I worked on advocating for become law in New York State was especially thrilling, and I'm glad that I was able to help communities make a difference, however small.

What I wish was different

Advice

You really have to have thick skin to be a canvasser. If you dont go up to a door with confidence and the belief that the people inside are supportive of our campaign, then it's much harder to get them to spend time listening and taking action.
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Grassroots Canvasser

May - July 2018 • Hamden, CT

What I liked

Going to new towns and neighborhoods, interacting with all different types of people, gaining supporters for environmental causes.

What I wish was different

The working hours and how much we did during the night time at dark alone.

Advice

Always say hello and introduce yourself with a smile, have a big personality, and get used to and comfortable with rejection because it happens more often than not.
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Canzassor

July - August 2017 • Farmingdale, NY

What I liked

The staff

What I wish was different

The hours

Advice

Enjoy!
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Grassroots Canvasser

June - July 2018 • Hamden, CT

What I liked

I enjoyed being able to work toward a cause that I believe in. At the time we were canvassing for our right to clean water in Connecticut which was being threatened. This job allowed me to strengthen my communication skills through my interactions with people going door to door. I had to practice being knowledgeable and quick on my feet to be able to address the issue while still holding the persons attention, then also answering any questions they may have had.

What I wish was different

I do wish the hours were different, generally we worked from 2pm-10:30pm. While this was a good time to catch people coming home from work, at times people were bothered by how late it was to have a visitor to their door. Similarly, when it got dark I worried about my own safety in unfamiliar neighborhoods, especially those without sidewalks.

Advice

If you find a cause that you are passionate about, it’s definitely a great job to have. Occasionally, it can get discouraging when people react harshly to your presence, especially since people aren’t receptive to visitors that their homes in this day and age, however you do get to interact with some awesome people who also relate to your cause.
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Grassroots Canvasser

May - August 2019 • Syracuse, NY

What I liked

I enjoyed my time working here and it was a very welcoming environment.

What I wish was different

Advice

Always wear comfortable clothing and keep an eye out on the weather.
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Accompanist Intern

June - August 2019 • Farmingdale, NY

What I liked

The workplace environment was wonderful.

What I wish was different

Advice

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Sustainability Advocate

May - August 2019 • Hamden, CT

What I liked

I thought CCE was a great community to work with. Everyone was very kind and welcoming and really made me feel like I belonged. Additionally, I truly felt that I was making a difference in this job.

What I wish was different

The hours are a bit annoying and you can’t take a half day or anything because you either have to be there the whole time or not at all.

Advice

Be comfortable with people not liking you. You can go to ask people for money and some people will yell at you but you have to be able to keep going without getting discouraged
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