International development accounts for less than 1 percent of the US budget. A small piece of the pie, which helps save, protect and feed hundreds of millions of people. Our wonderful ONE volunteers throughout the country are on a mission to make sure that people in their communities are educated about these facts and issues, and well-equipped to take action. This is why they’ve been hosting Advocacy in Action meet-ups and presentations to do just that, and to make sure that key members of Congress hear from their constituents about the importance of maintaining funding for these vital programs.
I recently hit the road in the Great Lakes region to host several meet-ups and make some new contacts in areas where we don’t have much volunteer presence.
I spent a day in Wisconsin, visiting Janesville and Racine. I got to meet some local leaders and dedicated ONE members who all wrote letters to Rep. Ryan (WI-01) asking him to consider the world’s poorest when making important budget decisions.
Coming back to Chicago, I hosted a meet-up at a popular local coffee shop. A great group of ONE members turned up as they were all eager to learn more about our budget campaign and what they could do to take action. Everyone wrote letters to both Sen. Durbin and Sen. Kirk urging them to protect the less than 1 percent of the budget dedicated to effective and efficient, life-saving development programs.
Last week, I visited Lansing, Mich., and I got to meet some of the hard working ONE Campus Challenge students from Michigan State University, as well as a few members of the community, curious about learning how to take more actions with ONE. They were all excited to write letters to Sen. Levin and most even called his Washington, D.C., office to thank him for all he’s done in the past, and ask for his continued support.
Now, I’m happy to be back home in Chicago and I’m looking forward to hearing about ONE members getting together at events put together by our amazing volunteer leaders from Chicago, Ill., to Ft. Wayne, Ind., to Minneapolis, Minn., and all across the country!