To Washington with love

Take part in ONE Campus’ first challenge of the semester.

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Personally, I love Valentine’s Day. Even when I’m single come February 14, I buy myself flowers, eat chocolate with friends, and use the day as another chance to express affection for the people in my life. And whether Valentine’s Day is a day you love or the day you love to hate, I’m willing to bet that you can get behind ONE Campus Challenge’s first challenge of the semester to show love for millions of people living in extreme poverty.

Send this valentine card to your member of Congress! Click image to download and print.

For OCC’s first challenge of the New Year, we’re asking students to send handwritten Valentines to Congress urging them to support US funding for lifesaving development programs that fight HIV/AIDS, hunger and preventable diseases. ONE has a Valentine template for you to use—just print your own and customize it with a personal message that shows your support for the International Affairs account. Then, ask your friends, family, classmates and professors to send their own handwritten Valentine to Congress as a way to show their love for you in lieu of sending you candy hearts or carnations this year.

DOWNLOAD THE VALENTINE TEMPLATE HERE

Why Valentine’s Day? In the coming weeks, President Obama and the 113th Congress will work to finalize a budget plan that threatens unprecedented cuts to effective, lifesaving development programs that make a real difference when it comes to global poverty and disease. These programs comprise a tiny portion of our federal budget, yet they are on the chopping block. Millions of lives are at risk if we don’t act, and Valentine’s Day comes at the perfect time to do so. Challenge one provides a way for the people in your life to show they care about you and in doing so, to protect the dignity and lives of millions of people around the globe. Check out our Challenge 1 toolkit for all the information and resources you need to get started now.

So if you love Valentine’s Day, think of this as another way to get in the spirit. And if you hate Valentine’s Day, congratulations! You now have a way to participate in the holiday in a way that will make a difference for millions of people living in extreme poverty—no candle-lit dinners or Hallmark cards required.