What is Advocacy?

Advocacy is an important part of the work of Catholic Charities; in fact, our mission statement names advocacy along with service and community building as the ways in which we serve our consumers. Advocacy recognizes that there is a story behind every issue, and a story behind every face. Advocacy allows us to speak on behalf of our consumers and most importantly to encourage our consumers to speak out for themselves. Advocacy, paired with the critical services we provide is a powerful tool of healing and change.

Legislative Testimonies

March 15, 2016
Joyce Campbell, Associate Executive Director for External Affairs at Catholic Charities, testified this week at public hearings held by the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee and the Assembly budget committee. Joyce addressed both the need for new funding for mental health and addiction services, but also for what she describes as a “shredding safety net” for those living in poverty. Her testimony was quoted in Politicker NJ and The Bergen Record.

Download or read Joyce’s testimony.

March 7, 2016
Legislation to increase both TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families) and GA (General Assistance) payments by 30% over three years has been introduced and passed by the Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee and the Assembly Appropriations Committee.

Download or read the testimony presented by Joyce Campbell, Associate Executive Director, External Affairs, Catholic Charities, on this important legislation.

For more information about the erosion of TANF assistance, NJPP (New Jersey Policy Perspective) has also drafted a fact sheet titled “Lost Opportunities for New Jersey’s Children.”

Advocacy Resources

For a list of our advocacy priorities and positions, read our 2019 Advocacy Agenda.

Upcoming Events

No events are scheduled at this time.


Want to get involved? It’s easy!

Join the Consumer Advocacy Network! Open to all staff and consumers who have an interest in the agency’s advocacy work. Members meet only a few times a year to discuss advocacy efforts and plan special events. Network members have the important job of promoting advocacy participation in their programs.


To learn more about advocacy efforts at Catholic Charities, contact:

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