What is advocacy?
Community Read Aloud volunteer Amy Carmichael of Bath Housing read Horton Hears a Who by Dr. Seuss to a class of second graders at West Bath Elementary School. When she asked the class what they thought the story was about, one second grader replied:
"No matter how small you are - you're a person and you have a voice."
We all have a voice. The call to LIVE UNITED invites us all to find our voice and use it. Speak up. What's important to you? You can advocate for community issues like food security, mentoring, early literacy, parent support, elder companionship, and high-quality child care for all children. You can advocate for United Way, inviting your friends, family, and coworkers to give by sharing why you give. You can advocate for our community at the government level by writing letters, making phone calls, and letting our local legislators know what is important to you, your community, and Mid Coast Maine's future.
[verb ad-vuh-keyt; noun ad-vuh-kit, -keyt]
verb (used with object), advocated, advocating.
1. to speak or write in favor of; support or urge by argument; recommend publicly:
He advocated higher salaries for teachers.
2. a person who speaks or writes in support or defense of a person,cause, etc. (usually followed by of): an advocate of peace.