My One Cent: Lori Saltveit

"Working with CARE, I realized an average citizen like myself can talk to a member of Congress about issues that matter."

January 17, 2018

Lori Saltveit lives in Corte Madera, California where she is a long-time advocate for CARE. She works as a high school technology manager, teaching and mentoring students and collaborating with other teachers.  This is her My One Cent story:

I work at an independent high school as the technology manager, which means that in addition to basic IT stuff, I do a lot of teaching, supervising and mentoring of kids involved in activities like student newspaper and live broadcasting. I also collaborate with teachers on ways to use and innovate with technology in the classroom.  I’m also a teacher, mom and advocate and a movie, TV and book fiend.

I got interested in foreign assistance when I started hearing about the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) more than 15 years ago and about the tremendous debts certain developing countries owed to other countries. Issues like these hadn’t really been on my radar before and I was hooked by the fact that eradicating poverty and disease were achievable goals. 

I started searching for organizations that were trying to help countries meet the MDGs and came across the ONE campaign, which was started by Bono of U2, who is one of my favorite artists of all time.  After several years with ONE, I was ready for more and at about that same time, I had an opportunity through my school to travel to Uganda and work in a school with women.  When I came back, I wanted to dig deeper into the issues that lead to poverty and focus more on solutions, especially those that include legislation and ways U.S. government policy can affect change.

About this time, someone introduced me to both CARE and RESULTS.  I really liked how CARE focused on advocacy and the needs of women and girls, who are always the most impacted in poverty situations. I liked how I could make an impact by working with my Members of Congress and my community to raise awareness about poverty issues. Working with CARE was the first time that I realized an average citizen like myself can talk to a Member of Congress about issues that matter. 

Now I realize how powerful our efforts as advocates can be. Over the ten years I’ve been with CARE, I’ve seen really important pieces of legislation pass, including the Global Food Security Act.  I’ve seen Members of Congress go from being mildly supportive to becoming true leaders for foreign assistance on Capitol Hill and true partners for achieving CARE’s mission. 

I’d love to meet more people in the San Francisco Bay area who are interested in learning to advocate or have an interest in women and girls, so we can improve their lives around the world.

If you’re interested in getting involved with CARE Action Advocacy, send an email to can@care.org. We’d love to hear from you!