Only 25% of Americans volunteer. Are you one of them? Volunteering is a hands-on way to advocate for a charity or nonprofit, but not everyone has the time, energy, or resources. Thankfully, there are several ways to advocate for a charity or cause that you deeply care about. Here are some ways you can start advocating for your cause today that will accommodate any schedule!
If you have 5 minutes
Follow, like, and share posts from your favorite organizations and nonprofits on social media: Part of advocacy is simply showing other people why they should care about an issue. Follow MCCH on Facebook and Twitter.
Hold a Birthday Facebook Fundraiser: This selfless way to celebrate a birthday helps raise awareness about an issue that concerns you. Start a Fundraiser for MCCH.
Call your congressman: A simple, scripted phone call can make all the difference when an important issue is being decided. Get started now on a range of issues you may care about on this site or go to the National Alliance to End Homelessness for information that affects MCCH’s mission to end homelessness in Montgomery County.
If you have 2-3 hours a week
Volunteer regularly and get to know those in need: You can build lasting relationships with the people you meet while volunteering. MCCH has opportunities for committed volunteers to: tutor formerly homeless children, help men in emergency shelter find stable jobs, or donate a monthly meal.
Host an action and awareness event: This group event is perfect for companies and organizations. An MCCH representative will visit your location, educate staff about the issue of homelessness, and oversee a project that benefits our clients. Learn more about Action and Awareness events.
If you have flexible time
Attend community rallies and events: Throughout the year, service providers hold rallies, memorials, and other events to honor and support the vulnerable members of our community. Subscribe to MCCH’s email alerts and social media accounts to be notified when these events are happening. Community support at these events is crucial to show elected officials and community leaders that these issues are important and constituents care about them.
Each nonprofit has their own opportunities for you to get involved. Did you know about the Montgomery County Volunteer Center, which allows you to search for a wide range of volunteer opportunities locally? If you live elsewhere, you can search here for volunteer and advocacy opportunities in your community!
Montgomery County Coalition for the Homeless (MCCH) is a non-profit with the mission to provide solutions in Montgomery County to ensure that homelessness is rare, brief, and nonrecurring. Learn more about MCCH.