Speaking Up for the Voiceless

Community Action began during a period of powerful advocacy—for civil rights, women's liberation, and equal economic opportunity. Today, we still play a pivotal role as advocates for the disadvantaged. Community Action is their voice. We speak up on what it’s like for people living in poverty, and how can we help them move from crisis to stability to thriving. Our advocacy efforts inform, educate, and inspire solutions. Community Action agencies also help clients to become their own best advocate—by empowering them to improve their lives and partnering with them to determine a better path for themselves.

Taking Advocacy Action

Advocacy is a critical part of ensuring that vital programs are maintained to help those in need. In January, 2013, Community Action of Skagit County representatives travelled to Olympia to testify at a legislative work session in support of the Housing and Essential Needs (HEN) program which faced possible elimination. HEN provides housing for people who are temporarily unable to work but do not qualify for any financial assistance, preventing thousands of Washingtonians, hundreds living in Skagit County, from becoming homeless. Later in April, Community Action learned with only a few hours’ notice that the proposed budget that had just cleared the Senate floor was going to be heard that same day. They put out a call to action – testimony was again needed to prevent drastic cuts to this valuable program. Community Action staff members Jen Milton and Kate Stragis cleared their schedule for the day and headed to Olympia armed with client stories to prove the impact of this vital program. As 2013 winners of the “Advocacy Organization of the Year” Award, Community Action of Skagit County is leading the way in taking advocacy action!

Advocacy Solutions

The Community Action network provides a number of advocacy solutions through your local agency and across Washington State such as:
  • Legislative Advocacy
  • Client Advocacy and Empowerment Training
  • Cultural Advocacy—Translation and Interpretation