Action Alerts

Take Action During the August Recess
Senators and Representatives are home for their annual recess through September 7. With the election just weeks away and so many issues left unaddressed by Congress, this is a critical time for human needs programs and the populations we serve. CHN has created a list of resources including key facts, tips for contacting your Members of Congress, writing letters to the editor, and sample tweets. We’ve also compiled additional resources from CHN members on ways to take action, from inviting members of Congress to visit programs to holding an in-district meeting, and more. See how you can take action now here.

Tell Congress to Support Aid for Children Fleeing Violence
Members of Congress headed home for their annual August recess without having reached an agreement on emergency funding to address the child refugee crisis along our borders. But the problem remains. Thousands of children are waiting for Congress to help. Take Action Now

Urge Your Member of Congress to Raise the Minimum Wage
The Fair Minimum Wage Act would help 28 million American workers living on the minimum wage make ends meet. Higher wages will also power economic recovery and growth. Urge your Members of Congress to restore a strong minimum wage for America’s workers. Too many Americans have worked too hard for too long at wages too low to support themselves and their families—it’s time working families are given a raise! Take Action Now

Tell Congress It’s Time to Renew Unemployment Insurance
3 Million jobless people and their families are still without Unemployment Insurance because Congress has failed to act. The House and Senate must both take action to restore Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC).  They should make it retroactive to make up the benefits lost since the program was allowed to expire in December. Take Action Now

Submit Your Story to the Our American Story Project
Have a story about the way services have helped you and your family? We want to hear from you!

Half in Ten and the Coalition on Human Needs are collecting stories highlighting the ways that federal programs successfully build economic security and meet the needs of vulnerable populations. Submit your human needs program success story to the Our American Story project today.

We welcome short video clips or written stories from anyone who can speak to the benefit and success of federal programs such as direct beneficiaries, social service providers, and community, faith or business leaders. For more instructions and guidelines on submitting your story click, check back soon. A sample video is available here.


If you would like to post an action, please contact Joanna Sandager at