Sometimes Washington, D.C., can feel very far away. Often, it does not feel like a place where one person in a different part of the country can make a difference. We ask you to advocate to your members of Congress, and we understand if you don’t believe us that it will make a difference. We don’t think you are correct, but we understand.

Recently, three women from Austin who are passionate about water and sanitation issues decided that they could do more. They had emailed and called their representatives and met with them in person. However, with the knowledge that there are still 748 million people in the world without access to clean water, and 2.5 billion without proper sanitation, they wanted to do more. They felt that this is an issue that Texans should know about. One of those Texans? Congressman Lloyd Doggett, representing Texas’ 35th district.

They wrote an op-ed piece for the Austin Statesman. It did not go unnoticed.
(Read the full article here.)

June 18, 2014

Cathy White
Chapter Co-Chair
Women of Vision Austin

Dear Cathy:

Thank you for your work with Women of Vision Austin to reduce global poverty. I saw your well written op-ed in the Austin American-Statesman and have joined as a sponsor of the Water for the World Act.

I applaud you for lending your voice to the voiceless and your efforts to help ensure that aid is being delivered to those with the greatest need. I would really like to hear your thoughts on other issues that may be considered in Congress. If you have not already, please take a moment to visit my website at where you can complete a survey online. I also hope that you will take this opportunity to sign up for the latest updates from my office, visit my Facebook page, follow me on Twitter, or send me an e-mail at

Please keep me advised of any federal matters with which I may be of assistance.

Lloyd Doggett

Thank you, Congressman Doggett, for your support and co-sponsoring the Water for the World Act!

Here are some ways you can reach out to your elected officials:

Send an email about the Water for the World Act.

Call their office and ask them to cosponsor the Water for the World Act.

Write an op-ed piece for your local newspaper, to help raise awareness in your community.

Update: Another congratulation to Allen Crowe, who since also submitted a piece to his local paper and had it published here!

Photo: © 2012 World Vision

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