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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.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Op-ed pieces and letters to the editor in your local press amplify the issues you care about and promote support in your community. Local media is monitored by congressional offices, so it's a great way to put your issue front and center.

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

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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.

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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. 

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A pandemic like COVID-19 is disrupting the lives of families worldwide and has the potential to increase the adversities faced by vulnerable children living overseas. With prevention practices and community education, the effects of this virus can be lessened. Under our world’s current circumstances, ensuring the conditions for vulnerable children to survive and thrive is critical. The Global Child Thrive Act, if passed by Congress and signed into law, could be an important part of this effort. The Global Child Thrive Act would integrate Early Childhood Development into development and emergency humanitarian programs serving vulnerable children and their families, helping them recover from the COVID-19 virus and building their resilience to future emergencies and trauma.

This document is designed to provide background information to help you communicate with the offices of your members of Congress about this piece of legislation and its connections to the issues of hunger and forced migration.

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

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Congress has been quickly passing legislation to respond to the growing threat of the COVID-19 pandemic. The first and third emergency packages also included initial funding, roughly $2 billion, to support preparedness and humanitarian efforts abroad. 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 about this critical piece of legislation that 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.

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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. On February 10, 2020, the administration released their Fiscal Year 2021 (FY21) budget request, calling for a 22% cut to foreign assistance, including deep and disproportionate decreases to poverty-reducing humanitarian and development assistance. The House and Senate, who ultimately decide on funding levels for our budget, have developed their FY21 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 2021 Appropriations process and its connections to the issues of hunger and forced migration.

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

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