DENVER -- The American Civil Liberties Union of Colorado is overwhelmed by the number of new volunteers eager to help out after the presidential election. Ever since President Donald Trump was voted into office, nearly 1,000 people have signed up to be political activists for the organization.
"It's a big part of it; people are seeing day in and day out real attacks on their civil rights and their civil liberties, real attacks on the constitution and because of that they’re responding," said John Krieger, the Director of Communications.
People are volunteering their time and donating some big money. The ACLU brought in $24 million in donations nationwide in response to the backlash against Trump's immigration ban. During the same time, more than 150 new volunteers signed up in Colorado.
"You don’t have to be a lawyer to come and help out you can really do anything, you can be anyone and come and make a difference," said Heidi Beagley, a new volunteer.
Beagley's day job is a retail manager, but she is volunteering to help the ACLU of Colorado with a podcast. She says the election drove her decision to give her time.
"So it did, it gave me the kick in the pants to get involved," said Beagley.