SE Uplift works closely with neighborhood associations, community groups, and individuals in our 20 neighborhoods to effectively address, and respond to, issues at the neighborhood, coalition, and citywide levels. SE Uplift uses it resources and access to decision-makers to amplify coalition priorities and to influence policy, funding and outcomes.
The SE Uplift Board welcomes advocacy requests from internal sources, like board members, neighborhood groups, or volunteers that bring issues to their attention. They also welcome requests from groups, individuals, or agencies outside our organization that may or may not have any history working with SE Uplift. If an issue aligns with SE Uplift’s mission, it’s likely is a great candidate for the SE Uplift Board to learn more about and potentially take a position on.
SE Uplift uses the following process to identify and address advocacy issues:
Check in before you start: SE Uplift Board prefers that the requestor has taken other action(s) to check in with, or engage affected groups, neighbors, stakeholders prior to making a request. For advocacy support resources and tips go here. To see past letters of support and advocacy taken by the SE Uplift board go here.
Step 2: To be considered for inclusion on the board agenda, advocacy requests must be submitted in writing ideally by the 2nd Wednesday of the month, but at least ten (10) days prior to the next SE Uplift board meeting (1st Monday of the month).
Step 3: All requests will be reviewed by the SE Uplift Executive Committee, with the support of the Executive Director, which will use the advocacy process matrix (see attached) to determine the next steps.
Step 4: Neighbors and groups will be invited to give a presentation/speak in front of the appropriate committee/board or they will be directed to other organizations or resources.
Step 5: A committee/board discussion and/or vote will determine what, if any, actions SE Uplift will take on the issue. SE Uplift reserves the right to not take action. Reasons for this may include:
- There is another group better equipped and situated to address the issue;
- There is not enough evidence of visible neighborhood or community support;
- There are not adequate resources available to address the request;
- The request falls outside our organization’s mission and values;
- There is not adequate time for the request to be heard or requested actions to be taken.