Be A Global Change-Maker
Citizen advocacy takes passion, enthusiasm and patience - plus a commitment to ongoing education. Advocate U is designed to strengthen your advocacy skills and understanding of CARE’s work and advocacy agenda, as well as provide insider information on how the government functions. It provides a structure for you to gain confidence and a platform for you to present CARE’s issues to your members of Congress and community in a knowledgeable and powerful way.
Four Cornerstones of Effective Advocacy
Direct Political Engagement
- Interactions with federal officials, candidates and staffers on Capitol Hill
- Examples: Phone calls, hand-written letters, emails, social media, meetings, public enagement and town halls.
Indirect Political Influence
- Any action that may influence your federal elected officials, candidates and/or staff
- Examples: Traditional media opportunities (Letters to the Editor, Op-Eds) and outreach from influencers to your Member of Congress (Community faith leaders, grasstops, local elected officials).
- Activities and events that engage new CARE advocates and encourage them to take action with the CARE Action Network in your community.
- Examples: Attending or creating a community event to raise awareness and recruit new CARE advocates, directing someone to sign up at CAREAction.org, hosting a CARE meet-up at your home, or working with your Regional Advocacy Coordinator to connect with grasstop community leaders.
Education and Awareness
- Expanding, developing, and sharing your knowledge of CARE's mission, organization, issues, policies and United States' political processes.
- Examples: Doing research that increases your understanding of how government works, U.S. political processes, and CARE's advocacy issues; Accessing and studying online resource information via CARE.org and CAREAction.org; Raising awareness via social media, blogs, presentations and other opportunities for sharing CARE with your networks.