Raising your voice is an important way to support causes you care about. By standing up and speaking out about an issue, you put the spotlight on a challenge or problem. It's a key step to creating awareness and to developing solutions.
Advocacy helps orient decision makers. It shows to leaders that you care about an issue and can direct attention, resources and help towards a cause.
How do you advocate?
There are many ways to advocate for causes that you believe in. It can be as simple as having personal conversations about the issue you care about or making sure to vote in elections. Advocacy can take the form of public speeches, donations, letters to the editor, or blogs. Any other means of making your opinion known can be a form of advocacy - you have the power to help others with your voice.
Check out United Way Worldwide for examples of advocacy work across the country!