Founded over 35 years ago, Welfare Advocates is a statewide coalition of community-based organizations, advocacy groups, faith communities, and consumers, whose mission it is to educate ourselves and the wider community and to advocate for an adequate safety-net and public policies that support families moving to self-sufficiency. Welfare Advocates is chaired by Regan Vaughan of Catholic Charities.
Through public education in the form of our annual conference and advocacy by participation in workgroups, hearings and other meetings, we continue to identify needs and recommend solutions for people who are moving from welfare towards self-sufficiency. We meet monthly, produce educational materials (Guide to Welfare in Maryland), initiate surveys regarding public thought on welfare and sponsor numerous forums. We are leaders in the advancement of just public policies.
Membership in Welfare Advocates is open to organizations and individuals committed to ensuring there is an adequate safety-net for all Marylanders. There is no cost to join.
38th Annual Welfare Advocates Conference
Date: November 2, 2017
Theme: Casting a Wide Net, speaking to the need for inclusivity in our organizations, in our policies, and in our communities.
Location: Radisson Hotel – North Baltimore in Timonium, MD
The Morning Keynote Presentation will be given by Marc Steiner, President and Executive Producer of the Center for Emerging Media
Registration Information: For the conference agenda, workshops, and registration information, please visit our conference page.
Advocacy Stories & Testimonials
May 30, 2017 Catholic Charities' director of advocacy Regan Vaughan appeared with Maryland State Del. Luke Clippinger and representatives from a number of non-profits at a rally encouraging to overturn of the veto of a bill that [...]
January 12, 2016 From The Washington Post: Maryland faith leaders on Monday joined the swelling ranks of sick-leave advocates backing legislation to require employers in the state to pay workers for time off when they are ill — a [...]
January 12, 2016 “It’s amazing we have to be here discussing this tonight,” said Bishop Denis J. Madden, auxiliary bishop of Baltimore as he addressed the crowd of 100 or so that packed the Chapel of Peace [...]