Speak up for those in need!
Our Social Concerns staff brings the issues facing vulnerable people served by Catholic Charities to attention of state policymakers and the wider community. We promote a greater understanding of social justice by sharing the stories of the people we serve and the lessons learned by our staff. We develop effective advocacy strategies in coalition with like-minded people and groups.
During the legislative session (January - April) our efforts are concentrated on the actions of the Maryland General Assembly. We testify at legislative hearings, attend strategy meetings with coalition partners, and meet with legislative and executive officials, as well as their staff. We also coordinate the annual Catholic Charities Day in Annapolis. Over 120 Catholic Charities staff, volunteers, and clients attend briefings about the legislative session and meet with legislators and their staff.
During the interim (May - December), we are involved in a number of different advocacy and education efforts that raise awareness about the struggles faced by clients of Catholic Charities. This includes participating in government workgroups, inviting officials to visit Catholic Charities' programs, presenting advocacy workshops, and assisting our coalitions to plan conferences and briefings.
"Social Concerns invited me to testify in Annapolis for a bill that would make health insurance coverage more affordable for teens leaving foster care. I believe telling lawmakers about my service and experience with Catholic Charities can lead to improved health care for these teenagers, and it has given me a chance to live out my commitment to faith and social justice." - Sean Lee, Center for Family Services