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College Student Spends Volunteer Vacation on Maine Campaign

Matt McTighe is the campaign manager for Mainers United for Marriage, the campaign working to win marriage equality in Maine.

We’re just a few hours away from Labor Day weekend, but vacation season is just heating up in Maine.

People are heading to Maine from across the country for a “Volunteer Vacation.” These volunteers generously donate their time to work side-by-side with experienced campaign staff to make sure we win November. They’re pounding the pavement to help win same-sex marriage - but with the backdrop of Maine's natural beauty. What could be better?

Meet Trevor Powell, a 23-year-old native of New Jersey who signed on as a Volunteer Vacationer in mid-August. Powell is no stranger to this work - he did phone banking for the 2009 campaign for marriage in Maine, worked on a marriage bill in N.J. and is active in the LGBT community as a student at Temple University.

“Traveling around to different campaigns has really inspired me to use my vacation time advocating for marriage,” said Powell. “I’ve seen people travel all around the country working on marriage initiatives. They inspire me to travel as well.”

He hopes to come back in the nine days leading up to Election Day - if his professors will let him out of class.

There are fewer than 10 weeks left before voters head to the polls. Sign on as a Volunteer Vacationer today!

No matter where you live, you can make a difference in Maine.  HRC has set up a special fund – HRC Maine Families PAC – to direct 100 percent of your contribution to help win marriage equality in Maine. Together, we can mobilize the majority of Mainers who support marriage equality and win at the ballot this November.

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