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How Grinnellians Can Send Grinnellians to the White House!

March 2nd, 2012

"Send Grinnellians to the White House. Vote: bit.ly/vote4seg"

Grinnell College is by far the smallest campus represented in the White House Campus Champions of Change Challenge. Some might say we’re the underdog – we’re up against schools like University of Arkansas, UMass, UCLA, and Princeton. However, the students involved in SEG are ambitious, intelligent, and passionate people. With your support, we know we can win this.

Here’s how you can help:

  1. Vote!
  2. Ask your friends, families, and coworkers to vote with an email. Just copy and paste the one below.
  3. Share the competition on Twitter and Facebook. Samples below.

Send This Email

Dear friends, family, and colleagues –

I am excited to tell you that a organization at my alma mater, the Social Entrepreneurs of Grinnell (SEG), has been named one of 15 finalists (out of 1,400 applicants) in the White House’s Campus Champions of Change Challenge. We need your votes to win at bit.ly/vote4seg.

SEG was started at Grinnell College in 2007 to give small loans to people who lacked access to credit. Five years later, SEG has grown into a nonprofit organization that has lent over $37,000 to people in 44 countries. $13,000 of that money is circulating locally in the greater Grinnell community in the form of emergency no-interest microloans to pay for things like medical expenses, car repairs, and repayment of high-interest loans from payday loan sharks. These local loans are crucial to breaking the cycles of poverty and debt that hinder so many Americans from living comfortable and productive lives.

Grinnell College is by far the smallest campus in this competition, and some might say the underdog – we’re up against schools like UCLA, Princeton, University of Michigan, and Brown. However, the students involved in SEG are ambitious, intelligent, and passionate people. With your support, I know we can win this.

Help SEG win by giving 3 votes here: bit.ly/vote4seg.

Please pass this information on to anyone who you think might want to help. Ask your friends/spouses/children/colleagues to take 60 seconds to vote. Once you vote, please let people know about it on Facebook and Twitter.

Sincerely,

[YOUR NAME]

Then Tweet About It

Click to send this tweet:

Please VOTE to send this amazing @GrinnellCollege #microfinance organization to the @WhiteHouse! bit.ly/vote4seg

Click to send this tweet:

Please VOTE for the #SocialEntrepreneurs of Grinnell. With your help, they can go to the @WhiteHouse! bit.ly/vote4seg

And Finish with a Facebook Post

Please VOTE for the Social Entrepreneurs of Grinnell. They are a finalist for the White House Campus Champions of Change Challenge. SEG has lent over $37,000 to people in 44 countries. $13,000 of that money is circulating locally in the Grinnell community. Voting takes seconds. bit.ly/vote4seg

Please take 60 seconds to vote and share in support of campus microfinance. The Social Entrepreneurs of Grinnell are a finalist in the White House Campus Champions of Change Challenge! Their microloan programs help break cycles of poverty in Iowa and internationally. bit.ly/vote4seg