How to Become an Advocate:Advocacy is about speaking up, raising awareness of specific issues and solutions, working with others to make a difference, and guiding decision makers towards solutions that have a positive effect on people’s lives. This holiday season and beyond consider giving your time to advocate for those that cannot do it for themselves. We will need your help in the months ahead as Congress considers the Farm Bill that proposes to cut $16 Billion from the SNAP(food stamp) program and eliminates the charitable deduction for donations to nonprofits, leaving a multitude of unknowns as Congress reconvenes and the Legislature considers 2014-15 state budget beginning in March.
Advocacy is the process of people participating in decision-making activities, which affect their lives. Being an advocate for issues that impact children, families and seniors means working with and for people to advocate for change.
Advocacy can be undertaken individually or in groups. Participating in activities locally, regionally or nationally as part of a group such as letter writing to legislators, Congress, local newspapers, your church, and your neighborhood can be a very powerful way of ensuring decision-makers are aware of the issues impacting children, seniors and their families.
The focus of advocacy can be large common issues that require major changes to policy and practice or small, more localized issues. Regardless of how large or small the action required, the purpose of our advocacy is ensuring a positive effect on people’s lives.
Please educate yourselves on the issues facing our friends and neighbors in the months ahead. To the right are links to articles, commentaries, editorials, websites and other information that will prove helpful as you advocate. If you need additional ways of advocating for and with people please contact Sandy Calvert at 330-241-2128 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Big Bucks, Big Surprises, Big Questions Northeast Ohio’s Investments in Health and Human Services, 2010
Food Insecurity by County/Congressional District
Child Food Insecurity by County/Congressional District
Food Hardship by Congressional District
Polling Data Demonstrating Broad Support for SNAP
National Council on Aging- See potential budget cuts for your state
USDA Food and Nutrition Service SNAP Research Update
Hunger in Ohio Doesn't Take a Holiday
Ohio Food Stamp Cut Won't be as Severe as Expected
Jobless Aid Drying up for 55,000 Ohioans
State Budgeting Matters Social Policy and the Fiscal Cliff: Background and Observations
Ohio Association of Foodbanks
Helping Seniors Heat Their Homes