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CARE is seen as a credible voice on Capitol Hill because our messages are grounded in our experience and in field-based evidence developed over many decades. Yet, time and again, members of Congress and their staff emphasize the importance of hearing directly from their constituents. In 1998, CARE began to explore ways to establish a volunteer network of advocates who – when educated and mobilized – could elevate CARE’s voice and help deliver these messages to policymakers. Today, CARE’s efforts to create a citizen advocacy voice have grown into the CARE Action Network (CAN), which consists of more than 270,000 advocates across the U.S.

The CARE Action Network (CAN) provides people who are concerned about global poverty with unique opportunities to voice their concerns, speak out on behalf of the global poor and mobilize citizens to take action. As a CARE Action Network leader, you will be asked to help CARE educate key policy makers about legislative issues that address global poverty.

CAN State and District Chairs
A key component of CAN’s strategy is the implementation of a volunteer structure, known as State and District Chairs. These lead volunteers work closely with the Citizen Advocacy team to grow a network of supporters in each target state/district, organize at least one in-district meeting with their legislator per year, mobilize a network of supporters in honor of CARE’s annual National Day of Action, submit media pieces over traditional and social media and commit to attending the CARE National Conference and/or recruiting constituents to attend from their state/district.

Working with Your Regional Advocacy Coordinator
The CAN team is currently comprised of a Deputy Director and five Regional Advocacy Coordinators (RACs) based in New York, NY; Miami, FL; Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN; Houston, TX; and Seattle, WA.

You’ll work closely with one of CARE’s Regional Advocacy Coordinators, to develop ideas and opportunities for growing your local base of support and influencing your members of Congress on key policy issues. Your Regional Advocacy Coordinator serves as your direct line to information on what is happening in Washington, D.C. and supports you to:

  • Organize local events,
  • Recruit new advocates,
  • Conduct in-district meetings,
  • Submit pieces to your local media, and
  • Participate in national CARE events such as the CARE National Conference and CARE’s National Day of Action.

Find your Regional Advocacy Coordinator and her/his contact information here.

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