This week, we had the chance to speak to Nancy Delgado, ONE member of the month for February. Hailing from Colmar, Maryland, she tells us of the amazing work done by the ONE members in her state and why her passion for Real Madrid is a very close second to her passion for advocacy.
How long have you been involved with ONE? What prompted your involvement?
I have been an active ONE member since 2008. I have always been passionate about helping the poorest people in the world and the ONE campaign gives you the tools and the support to make a difference in this world.
How has your involvement with ONE grown over the years?
I started by signing up petitions online to creating the first ONE chapter at Bowie State University and now I’m a congressional district leader in Maryland.
Nancy, at right, volunteering at a U2 show.
You’ve been involved in so many ONE events, is there one moment that sticks out as particularly special or defining?
There are so many good moments! President Bill Clinton recognized our ONE T-shirts during a rally in Baltimore back in 2010 and took a photo with the group. Also, the first time I participated at a ONE summit where I got to meet people that care about foreign aid.
What are the ONE members in your community like? This is a good time for shout outs!
ONE members in Maryland are very dedicated and many of them have built close relationships with our representatives in Congress. I had the opportunity to work with Nancy Kobel and Deidree Bennett and they do such an amazing work in their districts.
Photo caption: Nancy with Sen. Mikulski at an Obama rally in 2010. Photo credit: Whiteband.org.
As a longtime ONE member, you’ve probably sent a lot of letters to Sen. Mikulski over the years. What do you think of her new role as chair of the Appropriations Committee?
Yes, as a Marylander I’m very proud of Senator Mikulski! She has been a champion for our cause! I’m very excited for her new role as chair of the Appropriations committee because she understands that the less than 1 percent of the federal budget, investments in foreign aid saves millions of lives.
How do you balance your career life with such a tremendous amount of activism?
I believe that when you care about something you will always find the time. You just need to prioritize.
What have you found to be the most effective form of advocacy?
I think having a one on one with a friend, neighbor or member of congress is by far the most effective means of advocacy. But, writing letters and making telephone calls is also very important.
What do you like to do when you aren’t advocating for the world’s poorest?
Hang out with my friends, watch movies, go to concerts, reading and I love anything related to soccer. I’m a longtime fan of Real Madrid so I don’t miss any of their games.
What advice would you give to an activist who wants to get to the next level of advocacy?
I will tell them to not be afraid to volunteer and be more active, sometimes you only have to get out of your comfort zone to be part of something great. For me there isn’t anything more rewarding than advocating for the poorest people in the world.
What issue are you most passionate about?
I think every person in this world have the right to food, healthcare and education. There are millions of people that live with less than $1.25 a day and knowing that we can make a difference in their lives it’s definitely my passion.
Want to keep up with Nancy and what she is doing with ONE? Follow her on Twitter here: @NancyDelgatto
Big thank you to Nancy for all the amazing work that she does for ONE. Want to nominate someone for the next Member of the Month? Email Malaka at firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line, “Member of the Month.”