As the new Eastern Regional Grassroots organizer, I want to introduce myself to OCOF blog readers. What a fun experience it has been so far! With the legislative sessions already going, we are in full swing of advocacy and policy education/outreach.
Since November 27th, I have been a part of this great policy advocacy group, which works to make WV the best place in the world to live, work, and raise a family – no matter who you are. Even though some of the people I have come across so far have said this is the best place already, job done, many our citizens can highlight ways we need and ways we can improve.
Part of this process on our end and with your support is through policy advocacy targeted at great education and jobs, healthy communities, and a government that invests in people and people who invest in government. If you would like more detailed information on these policy issues check out Our Commitment: Issues Summary (http://www.ocofwv.org/commitment/).
The unique thing about our advocacy organization is we encourage, you, yes you, the citizens of West Virginia, be you a low income single working mother with two kids or a medical professional who wants to help end Type II diabetes, you are the ones who bring us policy platform issues on a yearly basis. Over 1,000 people in our network vote on the issues we end up advocating for during the legislative sessions and throughout the year. Our 2018 Platform will be posted and shared online shortly.
While we help advocate for issues brought to us by normal-everyday-hard working and serving West Virginians, we also end up finding our own, well let’s call them, policy passions. At this moment I have not figured out my policy passion, nor am I in a rush to, as time and many more conversations with everyone will help me identify a clearer picture. But, I would like you to check out the concentrated efforts by one of my fellow colleagues.
MOMentum – Amy Jo Hutchinson (Northern Regional Organizer) is gathering groups of low-income/low-wealth struggling moms and as she put it, “Bringing them into the mix to make real changes happen to policy…these are people who have never been invited to the in [policy making/law].” With a grassroots format of one house gathering of five moms, leads to five house gatherings of five more moms each (that is 25 moms after just a few), to more house gatherings…grassroots organizing and advocacy right there! Amy Jo mentioned, “I wanted it to be moms because we hustle.” Hearing some of these stories of these AMAZING West Virginian women and mothers inspires me each day. If you want more information or want to get involved I encourage you to give Amy Jo a shout, email@example.com #MOMentum #OCOF2018
Least should I forget our upcoming 5th Annual Kids and Families Day at the Capitol. If you have not yet registered sign up TODAY for this awesome advocacy event down in Charleston.
Stay up to date with OCOF throughout the year on our website blog, social media, and feel free to send us an email if you want to schedule a meeting or if you have some input on policy advocacy on the local, state, and federal level.
I’m glad to be a part of this team and am looking forward to serving with you all to make WV the best place in the world to live, work, and raise a family – no matter who you are.
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/ourchildrenourfuturewv/
Email for Foster (Eastern Regional Organizer) firstname.lastname@example.org
Foster’s counties include the following: Jefferson, Berkeley, Morgan, Hampshire, Mineral, Hardy Grant, Tucker, Preston, Barbour, Upshur, Lewis, Randolph, Pendleton, Pocahontas, Webster, Braxton, Nicholas, and Greenbrier