It’s that time of year when autumn in the Pacific Northwest is at its most beautiful. This means the weather is also getting colder. The ongoing issue of homelessness persists and many people are in serious need of shelter. What can be done to impress our leaders to take action?
During my time as an intern for The Borgen Project, I learned the methods they use to reach their goal of ending global poverty. The organization works at a political level, which means they meet with congressional leaders to gain support for poverty-reducing legislation and policies. Volunteers and interns are taught basic advocacy skills that leverage their own influence as constituents to gain the support of their leaders for the same goal.
I’ve been wondering how this same tactic could be used to let my leaders know just how important it is for those seeking shelter to have it. I’ve learned that every issue raised in a phone call or voicemail is documented, and only a handful of calls on one issue is enough to get noticed. Our leaders need to know we desire them to prioritize the time they have in order to solve this issue of homelessness.