ADVOCACY ROLES

Our mission is to invite and involve a wide range of local people into a wide range of responsible personal relationships with people whose lives are diminished because of prejudice toward disability. There are many ways that a citizen advocate can be involved. Some examples are:

Spokesperson

to vigorously represent a person’s best interests and to help them acquire necessary 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 overwhelm.

Representative Payee

to assume 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.
 

EXAMPLES OF CITIZEN ADVOCACY ROLES

 

Citizen Advocate

A competent, independent citizen acting with the support and sanction of a Citizen Advocacy office that is free from conflict of interest, who freely and voluntarily represents as if they were his/her own the interests of one other person who has a disability.An individual who will assist the Citizen Advocacy Coordinator in finding a person who will become a citizen advocate for a particular individual, by talking with friends, neighbors, co-workers, and other people in one’s own community.

Advocate Associate

A person who possesses skills and knowledge useful to advocates and protégés. An advocate associate can offer advice, support, and perspective on such matters as housing, legal advice, employment, health, strategic planning and various technical skills.

Board Member

A director of the board of Citizen Advocacy who shares the responsibility with other board members of advancing the mission and sustaining the presence of Citizen Advocacy in the Bibb County area. The board is a governing, policymaking board which ultimately holds responsibility for the success of Citizen Advocacy in the community. Board members are expected to be active, participating, informed, working members.

Committee Members

An individual who serves on a committee formed by the board, but is not a director of the board. A person may serve on one or more committees, including public relations, fundraising, Citizen Advocacy, or other ad hoc committees. A committee member may also focus on a specific sector of the community, such as business, labor, Churches, etc.

Community Associate

A person who agrees to spread the word about Citizen Advocacy to friends, neighbors, and community associations.

Financial Sponsor

A person who gives financial support to sustain Citizen Advocacy in the Bibb County area, either personally or professionally. Such support is purely voluntary.