What Advocates Do

There are many ways that a citizen advocate participates. Some examples are:

  • Spokesperson— to vigorously represent a person’s best interests and to help them acquire needed services and supports.
  • Friend— to begin an ongoing, hopefully, life long relationship that may develop into a true friendship over time.
  • Ally— to stand with a person during good times and bad times.
  • Monitor— to evaluate and hold human service organizations accountable for their actions.
  • Mentor— to offer guidance, affirmation, and direction through your presence, personal example, and advice.
  • Opportunity Maker— to arrange for a person to take advantage of new or better opportunities in our community in work, education, civic involvement, neighborhood involvement, or leisure.
  • Red Tape Cutter— to help cut through policies and procedures that can sometimes be overwhelming.
  • Representative Payee— to assume the responsibility of a person’s finances and to help the person with planning a monthly budget and saving for the future.
  • Adoptive Parent— to provide a forever family.
  • Legal Guardian— to assume court-sanctioned responsibility for a person’s major personal or financial decisions.
  • Crisis Advocate— to respond and be present to a protégé immediately on a short-term basis until a long-term advocate can be recruited, oriented and matched.
  • Advocate Associate— to offer your skills, talents, expertise, and influence to a citizen advocate who is advocating for his or her protégé. Advocate associates are needed in the areas of networking, political savvy, law, journalism, financial planning, housing, employment, medical, and education.

“Changing our community one match at a time.”