They Come for the Candidate, but They Stay for the Coffee

In political organizing we have a saying: volunteers come for the candidate, but they stay for the coffee. A volunteer may come into an office to make a few calls or assemble lawn signs because they believe in the candidate or are passionate about a certain issue. But eventually, the thing that keeps them coming back is the community they find within a campaign, the other people who — just like them — believe in accomplishing something much bigger than they ever could alone. ...more