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Howard County Young Democrats have decided to step away from efforts to organize the donation drive for federal workers in order to allow a more experienced organization to lead.

The following is a statement released by HCYD President Shiloh Salazar:


"As of this morning the Howard County Young Democrats will be stepping away from the efforts to organize the donation drive for federal workers. We are very humbled to have been able to help so many and educate others about those who wake up every day and go to work without pay.


In the words of former President Obama, “Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.” Our organization stepped up when very little was being done to help our fellow family members, we got the ball rolling, but now it’s time for us to step aside and hand over operations to people who are more qualified and experienced in organizing help. We are proud to say that Isaiah 58 has stepped up to help workers more efficiently than we could at the current time. From here on out I WILL BE SUSPENDING ALL DROP OFF LOCATIONS. FURTHERMORE, THE ACCOUNT AT COSDEN WILL BE CLOSED ON MONDAY and turned into gift cards. here forth DONATIONS CAN BE MADE AT ISAIAH 58 during their normal business hours. Their hours are as follows; Monday & Tuesday 8-11 and then 2-630 Wednesday & Friday 8-11.


We are sad that this has to end but many factors are at play here. First, we feel that by stepping away those that could not see past our name would be willing to help the workers more. It is sad but there are some in this town that cannot put politics aside to come together, and that’s okay. Secondly, Isaiah 58 has been at this a lot longer than we have and can more easily help the workers in one central location. Finally, we believe this is in the best interest of the workers. Sometimes you need to know when to swallow your pride and step back so you don’t hold others back and that is what we are doing. We do not want to pull from too many resources at one time incase this shutdown runs on. We also don’t want to put all of our eggs in one basket and burn out the community. From here on out the Howard County Young Democrats will be focusing on our other projects to help the community. This is not an end to our efforts in helping the community. We will continue to work with Isaiah 58 but on an as need basis.


We as an organization appreciate all the support we have gotten from the community, I want to make clear this is not about pride, ego, attention, or otherwise. This is 100% about the workers and that is why we are doing this. By not stepping aside we feel that the workers will not receive all the care they could otherwise. We were humbled by the automatic support we received and hope that the community will keep up the momentum. I hope politicians in DC can learn from the bipartisan efforts in this town. I have to agree with former President Truman, “It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit.”

Again, thank you all. Remember progression cannot happen if we do not work in bipartisan. This is no longer about politics but about helping people in your community.


Best regards, 
Shiloh Salazar 
HCYD President."

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