December 7, 2021
As the State Field Director, Kim Murphy-Kovalick sets targets for VNP programs, including voter contact, and makes sure that the VNP team is on track when it comes to canvassing, phonebanks, and grassroots engagement. If you have ever been on a volunteer Statewide Call or contacted your state legislator, then chances are you have crossed paths with Kim.
Kim’s involvement in VNP predates the organization itself. She responded to the infamous Facebook post that kicked off our people-powered movement. VNP co-founder and Deputy Director Jamie Lyons Eddy gave Kim her first assignment way back in December of 2016: research petition requirements in Michigan.
Kim started as a volunteer on the Prop 2 campaign and volunteers continue to be near and dear to her heart.
VNP volunteers are the most committed, caring people I have ever met. So many are busy with work and family, but they still give their time to make Michigan a better place for everyone. I’m still struck by that generosity. I love the VNP volunteer-centered culture, and have faith in the power of our collective voice.
Family is very important to Kim. She spends whatever spare time she can muster with her husband, kids and grandchildren. The pandemic has caused stress for all of us, but the recent approval of the vaccine for children 5 and up has given Kim some hope that soon the little ones in her family will be protected.
Getting the youngest ones vaccinated will be a huge relief.
As more and more people get vaccinated, Kim has thought about the things that she let go when the pandemic started, and hopefully, will be able to pick up again when things become safer for us to come together. Kim hung up her dance shoes in March of 2020 and is looking forward to the day she can put them back on again.
I would love to resume the dance classes that I stopped when Covid began.
While she waits for her dance classes to begin again, Kim flexes her creative muscles through her arts and crafts project.
I love to sew clothes, toys, and quilts whenever I have the chance.
In the photo below, you’ll see the product of Kim’s handiwork: a mother-daughter unicorn pair.