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CHN’s 17th Annual Human Needs Hero Reception

October 7, 2020 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Thank you so much to everyone who helped make our 17th Human Needs Hero event such a success! Did you miss the sponsorship deadline but would still like to support? Please contact Nicolai Haddal at nhaddal@chn.org

Honoring: Census Counts, Count All Kids, and Protecting Immigrant Families!

Our first ever virtual Human Needs Hero will be held on Zoom this year!

Every year, the Coalition on Human Needs gathers advocates, from neophytes to veterans with decades of experience, to celebrate our community’s steadfast commitment to standing up for the most vulnerable in our society. This year, in spite of the tremendous upending of our lives by the pandemic, we’ve continued to stand up as a human needs community for the same priorities we’ve always held dear. So, while we cannot come together physically, we’re embracing the opportunity to bring even more folks into the fold virtually.

Our 2020 Human Needs Heroes have been especially heroic this year. We are so honored to celebrate three campaigns that have overcome tremendous obstacles to ensure justice for children and immigrants today and for generations to come: The Census Counts and Count All Kids campaigns, who continue to fight for an accurate count of all people in the Decennial Census, and Protecting Immigrant Families, a campaign committed to lifting up immigrant voices and advocating for humane immigration policies in our communities and in our country.

But our honorees are much more than just campaigns. These are group efforts spearheaded by some of the most compassionate and dedicated advocates and policy experts in Washington and beyond. Our friends have found ingenious solutions to continue rallying for immigrants and children despite the stress and obstacles presented by COVID-19. Join CHN in celebrating their myriad accomplishments!

We are hoping you and/or your organization will sponsor the event and be listed in invitations and our program. This is our only major fundraising event of the year and all proceeds raised go to supporting the work of the Coalition on Human Needs. Plus: this is the first time we have gone fully virtual! So get out your best Zoom shirt, pour your favorite drink, and bring out your loved ones and pets for a very special 2020 Human Needs Hero reception. We can’t wait to see your faces there.

If you have any questions, please reach out to Nicolai Haddal, Field and (Virtual) Events Coordinator at nhaddal@chn.org or 202-223-2532 x115.


Census Counts

The Census Counts campaign, which is housed at The Leadership Conference Education Fund, brings together community-based organizations across a wide spectrum of advocacy: civil rights, immigrant, LGBTQ, disability, infant and child, poverty and homelessness, faith-based, labor, health care, education, youth, and more. Census Counts organizers and advocates are working to ensure communities the census has historically missed are counted in the 2020 Census.

Count All Kids

Through educating the public, supporting state and local advocates, and working with the Census Bureau to help them improve their plans to reach out to families with young children, the Count All Kids Committee and the Count All Kids Campaign are working to make sure that every child is counted in 2020. Because young children have been the age group most missed in previous censuses, Count All Kids has worked ceaselessly to spread the word that everyone should be counted, including babies, toddlers, and people of all ages. Count All Kids has been an invaluable ally in the fight for a fair and accurate census.

Protecting Immigrant Families

The Protecting Immigrant Families, Advancing Our Future (“PIF”) Campaign was created in 2017 in response to leaks about policy changes by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and other government agencies. Co-chaired by the National Immigration Law Center (NILC) and the Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP), the Campaign has grown into a nationwide network of over 500 groups. Members represent diverse sectors including public health, nutrition, anti-poverty, early childhood, education, housing, aging and disability, faith-based, immigrants’ rights, civil rights, and many others united by the belief that our collective well-being depends on all of us being healthy and safe.  The Campaign’s structure has allowed them to develop innovative advocacy strategies, lift up best practices, and keep allies informed of public charge policies that impact immigrant families. The PIF Campaign has led the fight against the proposed “public charge” wealth test for immigrants, which has deep roots in America’s history of discrimination, racism, and classism. PIF secured a record-setting quarter million comments to DHS’s public charge regulations which strengthened multiple strategic lawsuits brought by PIF members and allies in federal courts. Since the public charge changes were first threatened, the rule has discouraged many immigrant families from accessing benefits even though they are eligible.  PIF campaign members remain dedicated to fighting back and to making sure immigrants and others who believe they are directly affected by public charge rule changes have information to make sound decisions about maintaining their families’ health and well-being.



Your support for CHN is more important than ever. We truly mean it. The pandemic has changed the way we work, but not our commitment to fighting for basic human needs programs.

All proceeds from sponsorships and ticket sales benefit the work of the Coalition on Human Needs. Since 1981, CHN has promoted adequate funding for human needs programs, progressive tax policies and other federal measures to address the needs of low-income and other vulnerable people.
We do this by:

  • Our new COVID-19 response working groups and weekly legislative planning meetings;
  • Publishing fact sheets, news stories, and extensive resources on the harm of the pandemic and the inadequate response to the crisis by the Trump administration;
  • Mobilizing to register new voters in 2020;
  • Facilitating hundreds of thousands of communications to Congress and the Trump administration for pandemic relief and expanding low-income tax credits, Medicaid, housing assistance, and SNAP;
  • Teaching concerned people how to become effective advocates;
  • Promoting the work of CHN members and strengthening their campaigns; and
  • Providing timely updates through our Voices for Human Needs blog and Human Needs Report.

Thank you so much to everyone who helped make our 17th Human Needs Hero event such a success! Did you miss the sponsorship deadline but would still like to support? Please contact Nicolai Haddal at nhaddal@chn.org


October 7, 2020
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
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