The Next Big Thing: August District Advocacy Meetings
By Jonathan Pearson on Thursday, June 21st, 2012
Late one afternoon last August, Kumar Lakhavani (Guyana staff 2005) arrived at his home in Greensboro, North Carolina and began to carry out the various tasks one does when the work day ends and the evening begins. When he pressed the button to check for phone messages, he got a big surprise.
Kumar had a message from his Congressman, Howard Coble. Not only did Congressman Coble contact him, he also called to tell Kumar that he was going to co-sponsor two pieces of Peace Corps legislation that had been the topic of a meeting the two (pictured above) had about a week earlier.
From what we can tell, this marked the first time Congressman Coble co-sponsored Peace Corps legislation. This achievement came because a caring constituent took the time to meet with the lawmaker, make the case, and ask for support.
This achievement also came during the National Peace Corps Association’s 2011 August District Meeting Days initiative. We know advocates held at least 27 meetings in fourteen states last August.
Get Involved This Year!
Our goal for August 2012 is to have 100 district office meetings across the country. You can help!