I donated a substantial amount to NAMI earlier this year and have a current membership with them. I would be going through instructor training with them to lead some of their monthly meetings but unfortunately my work schedule is really tight right now and I can’t. Most nights I don’t get home until after 10pm, and I work Saturdays as well. I have multiple 12-hour shifts each week and I commute 45minutes one way. This really limits the amount of volunteering I can do, and I miss it a lot.
Before I moved I also volunteered with an animal rescue, generally around once per week. I have unfortunately been unable to fit that into my schedule as well, though I did adopt a rescue cat a few weeks ago. I’ll probably donate to a rescue before the year is out, I haven’t picked which one yet.
I also used to work the polls at elections (the person who takes your signature and works the voting machine), but since I started working FT I haven’t been able to get the day off for that. That’s not necessarily “political.”
I have a membership with USPA, but again, that’s not necessarily political, though they do tackle policy as it intersects with skydiving.
I contact my legislators on specific issues that I feel are important - usually by sending NAMI form emails, I think I did for net neutrality, breed-specification legislation — my pet issues. All that is is just getting your tally counted - I interned in Congress so I know how that works.
My long-term plans are in flux at the moment, but I do plan to move again, rejoin grad school, and ultimately work for a think tank — in policy analysis or creation. My journey into sales is a fun side venture, but I don’t plan to make this a long-term career. I just needed a break after six straight years of academia, to be honest. It’s sucking up a lot of time, but I’m working to progress into a management position, and that’s just part of the business.
EDIT: Because I wasn’t clear here - my BA is in political science and I consider politics my career. It is not a hobby, it is something I am planning to devote my life to.