St. Vincent Waukesha County

Society of St. Vincent de Paul of Waukesha County, Inc. 818 W. Sunset Drive, Waukesha, WI 53189

Voice of the Poor

What is Voice of the Poor (VOP)?

Voice of the Poor is the advocacy arm of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul.  As followers of Christ, we are challenged to help create conditions for marginalized voices to be heard, to defend the defenseless and to assess policies and social institutions in terms of their impact on the poor. Voice of the Poor calls Vincentians to speak to the larger  society with a single voice and address root causes of poverty.

How Does VOP Serve the Poor?

Voice of the Poor activities are a natural extension of our roles as Vincentians. Members of the Society serve on the front lines, in solidarity with the poor by providing food, shelter and other emergency services. However, lasting long-term assistance to the poor requires looking at the larger political and economic picture. Guided by the fundamentals of Catholic social teaching, VOP committee members research and evaluate issues and governmental policies.  The Diocesan Council Board first approves positions on legislative items. The Diocesan Board President serves as the Society’s official spokesperson. VOP works to educate Vincentians and decision-makers regarding the impact of legislation on the poor and marginalized.

Advocacy has just been made easier!

The National Voice of the Poor Committee has changed Capwiz, the online advocacy program that sent action alerts to Vincentians about upcoming legislative issues that would benefit from our contacting our state and local officials, letting them know how we feel about an issue and how we would like them to vote.

Introducing VoterVoice!  VoterVoice will give users a simpler experience.  Users will notice that responding to action alerts is quicker, and sharing them via email and social media is easier as well. Action Alerts will also be easier to customize, which can increase their visibility in legislators’ systems.  VoterVoice will also provide more tools to state and local organizing and advocacy efforts.  The Committee has been working to build networks at the state and local level, where advocacy efforts can be more personal and effective. VoterVoice has an action alert system for state-based advocacy and the option for municipal alerts as well.

Sign up for VoterVoice HERE and start letting your Voice be heard!

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