Be A Global Changemaker
CARE Action depends on committed, dedicated citizen advocates like you to help educate, inform and influence policy makers and the people who have the power to support CARE’s priority issues. Below you’ll find a number of ways to join and engage with other advocates and influencers to spread the word in a knowledgeable and powerful way.
Real change starts at the local level. The CARE Action Network represents every state in the country and is led by CARE Action's team of Regional Advocacy Coordinators (RAC). One of our four coordinators are available to work directly with you on influencing your Members of Congress, organizing local events, conducting in-district meetings, submitting piecies to your local media, and participating in national CARE events.
Along with our RACs, the CARE Action Network is supported by State and District Chairs, or lead volunteers who work closely with CARE Action to build a network of supporters in key states or districts. Learn more about becoming a State or District Chair and ways to work with your RAC here.
We put women and girls at the heart of what we do, not just because it's the right thing to do but because an empowered woman can lift her family and her community out of poverty. Download our 2019 advocacy agenda and then explore each issue area below to learn how we plan to advocate for effective change.
There's power in knowing who represents your interests on Capitol Hill. Where do they stand on global issues? What's their voting record on key legislation? Who influences their decisions? These are important questions to ask on a regular basis and before you engage with members of Congress in-district or on Capitol Hill.
Find your members of Congress and learn more about their voting history, tenure, and committee assignments.
Spend some time mapping what you know about your members of Congress and their stance on the issues. Use the link below for a helpful guide on how to map a member of Congress.
Download our explainer of lawmakers' busy schedules, contextualizing their prioritization of constituent meetings, and illustrating their reliance on Hill staff to do their jobs.
Your voice matters. Face-to-face meetings with your representatives provide one of the best opportunities to express your opinion and discuss why global poverty issues matter to you. Though it may not seem like it, members of Congress are very interested in hearing what their constituents care about — and how they can relay that message to others on Capitol Hill.
How to Schedule and Prepare for Your Meeting
1. Contact your RAC to confirm congressional recess dates throughout the year when your elected official will be in-district. Try to schedule your meeting on a Monday or Friday when your member of Congress is likely not in Washington, D.C. Oftentimes, legislators will not be able to meet with you, but a meeting with the right staffer can be just as effective.
2. Email a letter, addressed to the member of Congress but directed to the attention of the scheduler, requesting a meeting at least one week in advance. You can find the scheduler on the member's website or by calling their office. Make follow-up calls to the scheduler until you can agree on a date. Download our sample letter to get started.
3. Invite two to three members of your delegation to go with you to the meeting.
4. Alert your RAC of the date and time of your meeting and the members of the delegation who will attend. They will send you an agenda and discussion points, and schedule a prep-call. This is usually a 30-minute conversation during which you and your delegation discuss the key issues for the meeting. Follow up with the scheduler and let them know who will be attending the meeting and the proposed agenda.
5. Arrive to the meeting on time and stay on topic. Raise only the issue you scheduled to discuss to keep the meeting focused and persuasuve. Leave behind your contact information and a 1-2 page briefing of what you discussed for the legislator/staffer to become more engaged with our issues.
6. After the meeting, send notes and any follow-up actions to your RAC. Finally, send a thank you or follow-up email to the person with whom you met, citing specifics from your meeting.
Social media is one of the most effective ways to share what matters most to you and send a message to policymakers and representatives. If we want to see real, lasting change around the world, we must start by raising our voices online for our friends, family, and community to take notice.
Start By Following CARE Action!
Tweet at Your Member of Congress
Tag your legislators on Twitter today and tell them why you're speaking up on behalf of global issues or a specific piece of legislation. When enough of us make noise on social media, the more attention we can bring to women and girls around the world.
Pro Tip: When using social media as an individual, share your own impressions. Personalize your message and use the word "I" to be compelling and effective.
Share a CARE Action Petition
Encourage your friends and family to join you in speaking up for global change by sharing a link to a CARE Action petition. Offer your network an opportunity to learn about what you're doing to end poverty and injustice against women and girls.
Pro Tip: Go a step further and attach a photo of yourself advocating with CARE Action – a snapshot of an in-district meeting or attending the CARE National Conference are good examples!