What is Advocacy?
The broad definition of advocacy is “the act or process of advocating or supporting a cause or proposal.” Lutheran Social Services of Wisconsin and Upper Michigan (LSS) is engaged in advocacy as an organization in many ways:
LSS supports specific pieces of legislation that will positively impact one or more of our programs
LSS speaks out against legislation that would harm LSS or our clients
Staff and clients travel to Madison or attend local town hall meetings to visit with elected officials
Programs invite members of Congress or their state legislators to visit their program sites
As great as these efforts are, there are many more opportunities for us to be engaged in advocacy to support new and different strategies that will impact our everyday work and the lives of LSS clients. There are also many ways we can all work together in advocating for policies, which help people improve the quality of their lives and allow LSS to change the world — one grace-filled life at a time.
The States of Wisconsin and Michigan are facing significant fiscal challenges in the coming years, challenges that have already and will continue to influence the operations of LSS and the people we serve. Our goal is to be identified as the provider of choice and resource of choice for decision-makers at the federal, state and local levels in the two-state area. LSS also strives for staff and supporter involvement in advocacy efforts; a collective chorus lifting up the mission, vision and impact of our programs and services.
LSS welcomes the involvement of ALL our supporters in our endeavor to ensure key decision makers are familiar with LSS programs and services, and their impact on the health and well-being of individuals, families, and communities across Wisconsin and Upper Michigan.
Interested in learning more about LSS’ advocacy efforts? Want to find out how you can join us in this important work? Contact Lisa Hassenstab at Lisa.Hassenstab@lsswis.org or (608) 270-6620.