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Advocate for your Community

United Way of Transylvania County is committed to advocacy.


Not sure what that means? Let's start here...

Mirriam-Webster defines advocate  ( noun,ad·vo·cate  \ ˈad-və-kət , -ˌkāt \  ) this way:  

1one who pleads the cause of another; specifically one who pleads the cause of another before a tribunal or judicial court 
2one who defends or maintains a cause or proposal  ( such as
  • an advocate of early childhood education)
3one who supports or promotes the interests of a cause or group (such as
  • an advocate for intercultural understanding)

Origin and Etymology of advocate:

Middle English avocat, advocat,borrowed from Anglo-French, borrowed from Latin advocātus,noun derivative from past participle of advocāre "to summon, call to one's aid," from ad- ad- + vocāre "to call"

How can you be an ADVOCATE for your communty?

  • Pick an issue or a cause.
  • Learn about the current opportunities and challenges that relate to it.
  • Inform individuals and groups about the issue or cause.
  • Participate in dialogue and actions that changes the opportunities and challenges related to the issue or cause.
EXAMPLE: Learn about early childhood education in your community. Discuss it in your social and service groups and communicate with local officials to develop positive changes, including
  • increasing community awareness, input and action,
  • developing governmental support and action,
  • facilitating non-profit participation, and
  • discovering relevant sources and uses of funding.

Want some ideas of locally important issues or causes?

United Way of Transylvania County enjoys advocating! We're happy to offer suggestions and connections to you. Give us a call at 828-883-8822.