Action Center

Hero Image

You are here

Action Center: Resources and Tools

We are called to love and serve our neighbor. We can do so by putting our faith into action through charitable works to meet the immediate needs of our human family and by addressing the systemic, root causes of injustice. When we come together as Church in these ways, we can make a big difference. Together, we can prevent and end world poverty.

Find resources and tools to learn how to advocate effectively, fundraise to provide lifesaving support for our human family, and develop your leadership skills to mobilize your community to join a powerful movement to transform the world.

Advocate

Advocacy is one of the most effective ways to ease human suffering and build a more just world. When an unjust policy or system is changed because of our collective advocacy actions, millions of people, families and communities have the opportunity to thrive.

Your advocacy actions are more effective when they are addressed to your members of Congress. Enter your address below and find out who your U.S. Senators and Representatives are and how to contact them.

View Tool

Building relationships with members of Congress and their staff is key to effective advocacy and influencing Congress.

We have the power to influence policy and make things happen. In fact, research shows that the voices and actions of constituents like you have the greatest impact on members of Congress and their decision making.

There are many ways to lift your voice on the issues you care about.

Download this PDF to learn about six key actions you and your community can take to advocate for a more just world.

Use the Champion Scale to analyze where your congressional member stands in their level of support for the issues that matter most to you. Determining their position will help you decide what methods you will use to strengthen their collaboration.

Download the PDF to learn more about the Champion Scale.

Research shows that nothing is more impactful than in-person meetings with your member of Congress.

Constituent meetings offer a valuable opportunity to develop relationships with members of Congress and their staff. Meetings are a powerful way for staff and members of Congress to hear why you care about the issue and how you and your community are organizing on the issue. Meetings also give you the opportunity to ask your member of Congress to support your position.

For more tips on how to take this action, download the how-to PDF guide below or watch the training video.

Emails and letters on an issue can influence your members of Congress, but it’s best to make them personal. Share who you are and why you care about the issue—it will make your message 10 times more effective.

Key Tips

  1. Identify yourself as a constituent and list the organization that you represent or are a supporter of.
  2. Limit your letter to one page if possible and be sure to state why this issue matters to you.
  3. Be clear and specific about what you want your legislator to do.

For more tips on how to take this action, download the how-to PDF guide below or watch the training video.

Whether it’s Twitter or Facebook, the social media platforms you use can be powerful tools to contact Congress. In fact, research shows that just 30 posts or comments from constituents on an issue will help get the attention of congressional offices.

For more tips on how to take this action, download the how-to PDF guide below.

Attending town halls sponsored by your member of Congress—whether in-person or virtual—is an opportunity to hear from your member, learn about their focus areas and raise your voice on issues that matter to you.

For more tips on how to take this action, download the how-to PDF guide below.

Op-ed pieces and letters to the editor in your local press amplify the issues you care about and promote support in your community. Congressional offices monitor local media, so it's an effective way to put your issue in front of your members of Congress.

For more tips on how to take this action as part of our current campaign issues, download the how-to guide below or watch the training video.

Tell us about your advocacy work using the Advocacy Reporting Tool.

Fundraise

Your financial support—through a direct donation or by organizing one of our community fundraising opportunities—helps meet the needs of those who are most vulnerable and build a world where communities everywhere have what they need to thrive.

For more tips on how to take this action, download the how-to PDF guide below.

You have the power to help create change in the world. Fundraising is one way to help CRS provide lifesaving support, spur innovation and promote sustainable development. You can raise money with friends, family, co-workers, your parish and any other community to support our human family around the world.

For more tips on how to take this action, download the how-to PDF guide below.

ADDITIONAL BACKGROUND DOCUMENTS

Use these background resources to expand your knowledge of the U.S. Congress, key pieces of legislation and issues related to global poverty.

The U.S. Congress organizes and conducts its work through a committee structure. Congressional committees oversee particular issue-areas related to policy and legislation.  

Download the PDF below to learn about the core congressional committees that work on international policy and legislation. 

Congress has been quickly passing legislation to respond to the growing threat of the COVID-19 pandemic. While Congress continues to prioritize U.S. domestic needs in the next supplemental package, Congress and the Administration recognize that to address COVID-19 we need to resolve the pandemic everywhere, which includes U.S. global leadership in providing additional funds for poverty-reducing humanitarian and development assistance.

This document is designed to provide background information and talking points about how this supplemental funding can help address malnutrition and forced displacement. Use it to help you take action and communicate with the offices of your members of Congress.

Download the PDF below to learn more about this piece of legislation.

The Global Child Thrive Act passed into law in January 2021. This law directs the administration over the next year to integrate Early Childhood Development activities into current international programs supporting vulnerable children and their families and to report to Congress annually on its progress.

This document is designed to provide background information and talking points about how the Global Child Thrive Law will helps address malnutrition and forced displacement. Use it to help you share this exciting update, express gratitude and inform your members of Congress on the implementation phase.

Download the PDF below to learn more about this piece of legislation.

Each year, Congress negotiates how to spend U.S. taxpayer dollars through a process called appropriations. Of the $4 trillion U.S. federal budget, about 1% is appropriated, or allocated for spending by Congress, to foreign assistance. Half of that 1% is directed toward poverty-reducing humanitarian and development aid. The House and Senate ultimately decide on funding levels for our budget. Following the Administration’s budget release, Congress develops and negotiates their FY22 proposals, and it is important for interested stakeholders to share their priorities.

This document is designed to provide background information to help you communicate with the offices of your members of Congress about the Fiscal Year 2022 Appropriations process and its connections to the issues of hunger and forced migration.

Reference the annual chart of budget accounts for congressional offices that the US Conference of Catholic Bishops and CRS advocate for to address global poverty and share it in your communications with Congress.

Download the PDF below to learn more.

Current Campaigns