RESULTS Weekly Update January 31, 2024

January 30, 2024

Quote of the Week

“Regardless of their political party, I call on all of our Congress to ensure the health and welfare of all its citizens, not just the wealthiest ones, by passing an expansion of the Child Tax Credit.”

– RESULTS St. Louis volunteer Sarah Miller in a January 3 letter to the editor in the Arizona Daily Star

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House CTC vote is happening tonight – please call now!

As noted in the action alert sent yesterday, the House of Representatives is expected to vote on H.R. 7024, the Tax Relief for American Families and Workers Act later today. This is the tax bill that expands the Child Tax Credit (CTC) for an estimated 16 million children.

RESULTS volunteers have been working for more than two years to expand the CTC, especially after the 2021 CTC expansion expired. This bill does not expand the CTC to cover all children experiencing poverty, but it brings us closer to it. If and when this bill passes, we’ll push to expand the credit again. In the meantime, we must do all we can for whom we can.

It is important that this bill passes with a strong bipartisan vote, so we need as many people calling Congress as possible. The bill needs to pass by a two-thirds vote in the House, and its fate in the Senate is unknown. A strong bipartisan vote in the House will put pressure on senators to get this done. Once you’ve called, please send this message to everyone you know and urge them to call too.

TAKE ACTION: If you have not called in the last 24 hours, please call (202) 224-3121 and ask for your representative’s office (find your representative). Once connected, please leave this message:

Hello, my name is ____________. I am a constituent from ____________ and a RESULTS volunteer. I am calling to ask Rep. ____________ to vote YES on H.R. 7024, the Tax Relief for American Families and Workers Act. This bill expands the Child Tax Credit for 16 million children and gives the families of 500,000 children the tools to lift themselves out of poverty. This bipartisan bill provides much needed relief to American families. I urge Rep. ____________ to vote YES on H.R. 7024. Thank you for your time.

If you have questions or need help, please contact RESULTS staff.

Join National Webinar this Saturday with Rep. Jim McGovern

During our February National Webinar this weekend, we are thrilled to welcome Rep. Jim McGovern (D-MA-2). He will speak with us about the vital role nutrition plays in reducing poverty, both in the U.S. and abroad. We look forward to this conversation with the Congressperson. We’ll also update you on the latest on the Child Tax Credit and our global campaigns. Finally, we’ll help you get ready for our first lobbying push of the year with tips on getting lobby meetings in February, March, and April. Please join us!

TAKE ACTION: Register for the February National Webinar at The webinar is this Saturday, February 3 at 1:00 pm ET. Also, this webinar is a terrific opportunity to connect with anti-hunger partners in your community. You can also share this graphic with people you would like to invite. The Community & Partnership Mapping Tool and other resources can also help. If you need help, please contact Joanna DiStefano for support.

Once registered, registrants will receive their confirmation and Zoom link a day or two before the webinar (be sure to check your Junk mail if you don’t see it). If you have questions, please contact RESULTS staff.

Your roadmaps are a map for success

Thank you to all the RESULTS volunteers who have met this month to work on your 2024 Group Roadmaps. These maps are a great way to start the year – celebrate your recent successes, outline new goals to accomplish, and then figure out how you get there. Your successes the last 40+ years starts with annual planning. Your group plans are also pivotal for RESULTS staff to help you succeed. We reference and use the roadmaps all year long from updating our congressional coverage to creating support structures to help you achieve your goals to targeting our legislative advocacy based on the roles people take on. For all these reasons, please schedule your group’s roadmap planning meeting now and complete your 2024 Roadmaps as soon as possible. If you have questions, please don’t hesitate to contact RESULTS staff or help.

TAKE ACTION: Find 2024 planning materials on the Working with Your Group page under “Make your group plans”. Also, your group’s 2024 Roadmap has been added to your group’s existing Roadmap spreadsheet. If you need help finding your Roadmap or materials, please contact RESULTS staff. Happy planning!

Quick News on U.S. and Global Poverty

Watch a RESULTS volunteer call Congress. Like thousands of people around the country, RESULTS Indiana volunteer Brendan Bow recently called his representative urging him to support the new tax bill that expands the Child Tax Credit. What makes Brendan’s call special is that he recorded it, and then shared on social media to inspire others to call. If you are shy about calling or know others who are, share Brendan’s video (or make your own) showing how easy and powerful it can be. Thank you, Brendan!

New global education report. In our online newsroom, read about a new   report that examines USAID’s work in basic education, an important report in the midst of our work to reauthorize the READ Act on global education. Take a look at the report as well as comments by RESULTS Executive Director Joanne Carter.


Join tonight’s support call for New Advocate Mentors. Helping new volunteers integrate into your local groups is vital to group health and longevity. This is why we are urging groups to designate New Advocate Mentors as part of 2024 planning. To help these mentors, we will be having quarterly meetings for them to come together to share helpful strategies, accomplishments, or potential barriers when welcoming new advocates. The first quarterly call is tonight, Wednesday, January 31 at 8:00 pm ET! Register to attend today.

Learn about being a Congressional Point Person. The Congressional Point Person is a key role to play for RESULTS. But what does the Congressional Point Person do? How can we make the most of the role to build congressional relationships, engage others, and increase our impact? Join us on Tuesday, February 6, 8:30 pm – 9:30 pm EST to learn and share your insights. Register today.

Researching Your Member(s) of Congress. Join us at 8:30 pm ET on February 15 for this helpful webinar. To have effective lobby meetings, you need to know a bit about your member(s) of Congress. In this 90-minute webinar, RESULTS Regional Coordinator Allison Gallaher shares tips and tools on how to research your legislators. Learn how to find what they care about, how they plan to lead, and how to connect with them on our issues. Register for the Researching Your Member(s) of Congress webinar today!

Group Leader Training Coming Up. Are you a current (or even aspiring) RESULTS Group Leader? You are welcome to register for this four-part learning series beginning Wednesday, February 21! These interactive sessions will get you in touch with fellow Group Leaders, offer encouraging information about leadership itself, give you practical tools for leading your RESULTS group, and provide some fun along the way. Each session will last two hours (8-10 pm ET). We hope you can attend all four sessions. Can’t attend live? Register and the recordings will be sent to you. Questions? Contact Lisa Marchal.

Join Thursday’s Quiet Leadership webinar. Regional Coordinator Misty Novitch will be taking us through the second session of a two-part series on David Rock’s book Quiet Leadership. This is a potent and compelling coaching tool that provides you with resources to support others in their clarity of thinking. All advocates welcome. Register for the training this Thursday, February 1 at 9:00 pm ET.

Upcoming Events

Congressional schedule: This week, both the House and Senate are in session.

Typically, registration ends one hour prior to the start of all webinars and trainings.

Wednesday, January 31: New Advocate Orientation, 12:00 pm ET. Register to learn more about RESULTS.

Wednesday, January 31: New Advocate Mentor Community Call, 8:00 pm ET. Join in by registering.

Thursday, February 1: Quiet Leadership training, session 2, 9:00 pm ET. Register today.

Saturday, February 3: National Webinar, 1:00 pm ET. Guest: Rep. Jim McGovern (D-MA-2). Register for the webinar today!

Tuesday, February 6: Being a Congressional Point Person, 8:30 pm ET. Join in by registering.

Thursday, February 8: Outreach and Event Planning Office Hour, 2:00 pm ET. No registration necessary. Join via or (312) 626-6799, meeting ID 940 0474 8060.

Thursday, February 8: Global Allies (Returned Peace Corps Volunteers) Monthly Webinar, 8:30 pm ET. Learn more.

Tuesday, February 13: New Advocate Orientation, 12:00 pm ET. Register to learn more about RESULTS.

Thursday, February 15: Researching Your Member(s) of Congress, 8:30 pm ET. Register for this 90-minute learning opportunity.

Monday, February 19: Presidents’ Day. All RESULTS offices closed.

Tuesday, February 20: U.S. Poverty Free Agents, 1:00 pm ET and 8:00 pm ET. Contact Jos Linn for more information.

Tuesday, February 20: Together Women Rise advocacy chapter webinar, 8:30 pm ET. Learn more about this opportunity.

Wednesday, February 21: Action Network Manager Calls, 12:30 pm ET and 8:00 pm ET. 12:30 pm ET: Join at or (312) 626-6799, meeting ID 934 1287 7476. 8:00 pm ET: Join via or (312) 626-6799, meeting ID 981 3459 3550.

Wednesday, February 21: Media Office Hour, 2:00 pm ET. Join at or (312) 626-6799, meeting ID 936 6800 5494.

Wednesday, February 21: Group Leader Training, 8:00 p.m. ET. Register today for this 4-part series.

Monday, February 26: Global Poverty Free Agents, 7:00 pm ET. Contact Lisa Marchal for more information.

Grassroots Resources

Learn about the RESULTS Experts on Poverty.

Find actions and volunteer resources on our Volunteers Hub, including our anti-oppression resources. To join the RESULTS listserv for more RESULTS conversation, send an email to [email protected].

Remember to please report your recent advocacy successes in lobby meetings, media, and outreach activities. Also, use our Volunteer Information Form to add or edit volunteer info and to sign up for updates and alerts.

If you have a story about advocacy you feel could inspire others, use our new online form to tell us your story. Also, if you want to celebrate the actions of a new volunteer, sharing about the experience today.

If you have a question, comment, or suggestion for the RESULTS/REF Board, please e-mail [email protected]. View Board minutes and Annual Reports.

RESULTS Staff directory and job postings.

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