Introducting: Guest bloggers, tweeters, and Facebook friends for the week

written by Catherine An
September 9, 2011
Greetings Alliance friends and supporters! The week of September 12, we – the usual guards of the Alliance blog, Facebook, and Twitter accounts – will be away from the office. But during that time, you will have the great opportunity to hear directly from some of our colleagues. Each day, a new expert will take the reigns of our online community and share with you their perspectives on the Alliance, our work, and ending homelessness. Monday, September 12: Elizabeth Our resident fundraiser will share with you news from our latest Annual Report, how fundraising happens here at the Alliance, and how your hard earned donations make the difference in our program and policy work. If you have questions about the way the Alliance conducts fundraising, nonprofit development news, or have suggestions about online fundraising for the Alliance, make sure to shoot a note to Elizabeth on Facebook or Twitter on Monday! Tuesday, September 13: Pete Research associate and fan favorite Pete will share with you the poverty data that the U.S. Census Bureau will release that day and help break down what the data means for low-income and homeless people. It’s no surprise that many poor people are at risk of experiencing homelessness and that poverty is often associated with the highest homelessness risk factors including doubled up housing situations, severe housing cost burden, unemployment and/or low wages, and the like. Got research questions? Tuesday’s the day for them! Wednesday, September 14: Kim & Norm Wednesday’s tag team include members of our Capacity Building Team. These are the people who go into communities and work, on the ground, with people doing the hard work of ending homelessness. They take the lessons they learn, distill them into best practice briefs, and share them with other community leaders trying to do the same. If you haven’t seen their work, you should check it out. And don’t hesitate to ask them Twitter/Facebook questions on Wednesday. Thursday, September 15: Amanda & Kate Thursday means advocacy day! If you’re looking to get hands-on experience with advocating for homelessness programs and policies, today is your day to engage online. Amanda and Kate, our resident advocacy experts, are geared up and ready to recruit you to be a champion defender of solutions to homelessness. Current advocates, prospective advocate, policy wonks, and everyone interested in making a difference through federal policies (especially in this legislative climate!), take a moment on Thursday to let us know who you are, where you are, and how we can help you become an advocate! Friday, September 16: Lisa Remember that stuff a while back about healthcare? Lisa does. The Affordable Care Act is going to expand Medicaid and increase access to health care for very low-income and homeless people. What will this mean for you, your program, and your community? Tune in on Friday and find out. Signing off for one week, Cat & Anna