Step Up for Kids is Almost Here!

This week, Pope Francis arrived for his first visit to the United States. His intentions are to meet with elected officials; discuss the state of the Catholic Church in the United States; and dialogue about the role of the family.

On Thursday, Pope Francis became the first Pope to address a joint session of Congress. He expanded upon a number of issues and highlighted the accomplishments of key historical figures in our country’s history to paint a story of our values.

Pope Francis reflected on the historical work of Dorothy Day, the founder of the Catholic Worker Movement, as he addressed the need to work on the cycle of poverty. This is pretty timely given last week’s updated poverty statistics released by the U.S. Census Bureau.

“The fight against poverty and hunger must be fought constantly and on many fronts, especially in its causes.” –Pope Francis

As you find a candidate event in your area – ask the candidates:
As President, what will you do to eradicate childhood poverty?

Towards the end of his speech, Pope Francis called attention to “our most vulnerable, the young.” He addressed the many barriers facing some children, including violence, abuse, and despair. Further, he recognized the need for all of us to acknowledge “their problems are our problems.”

Pope Francis did a great job addressing issues that highlight the continuing need for child advocacy. Every Child Matters is excited to engage you on these important issues affecting “our kids”. As we head into the fall season, keep your eyes open for opportunities for you to become engaged in the caucus season!

October 6th – Step Up for Kids!

On October 6th, Every Child Matters in Iowa will host a Step Up for Kids event in Des Moines. We will use the event as a kick-off of our caucus activities to get Iowa voters committed to caucus for kids! Below are the details for the event – please join us, if you can.

Date: Tuesday, October 6, 2015
Time: 12:00 – 1:00 PM
Location: Mickle Center
1620 Pleasant St., Des Moines, IA 50314
RSVP Link: CLICK HERE to Reserve Your Spot!

Please RSVP by Friday, October 2
Lunch will be provided. Please CONTACT STAFF , if you have any dietary needs.

Please share this invite with your staff, colleagues, family, and friends – all are welcome to attend! However, our capacity is limited to the first 50 people, so RSVP soon!

Can’t Join Us on October 6? No problem, there are other ways you can be involved in Step Up for Kids!

1. On October 6 use your social media skills! Post a picture of video on Facebook or Twitter with you, your staff, family members, or neighbors with a message about how you will Step Up for Kids – such as:

I believe the future President can support #OurKids by…
I will support #OurKids by…

2. Host your own Viewing Party! If October 6 will not work for you, host your own party sometime in October or Novermber. Invite your family, friends, neighbors, or co-workers to an event to view the video and have a discussion about how you can Step Up for Kids in the upcoming caucus season! If you are interested in hosting a party in your community, Every Child Matters will provide you with a tool kit and can have staff in attendance to help facilitate your event. If you are interested in hosting a party, please contact Jill Applegate.