Advocating is fun, relatively easy, and empowering. Interested individuals learn about key issues and how to engage congressional offices before using their voice and their story to build relationships with their Members of Congress. Most importantly, advocates work together through coordinated outreach, which amplifies the community’s influence and increases our ability to successfully ask legislators for meaningful assistance. Below, please find examples of regular advocacy events and activities.
If you are interested in joining the Foundation in advocating for these laws, please contact the Foundation, and we will connect you with the relevant legislators. It is important to inform the Foundation of any advocacy activities you participate in!
Capitol Hill Advocacy Day: The Foundation selects a group of advocates to travel to Washington, DC, each year for comprehensive advocacy training and meetings with their Members of Congress. More information can be found here.
Local Congressional Visits: Each August House Representatives and U.S. Senators return home for a prolonged period of time to connect with their constituents. This is a convenient and valuable opportunity to meet with your legislators locally. The Foundation can even connect you with others in your area for group meetings between the community and the congressperson. A list of key legislators for 2015 can be found here.
Letter-Writing Campaign: Throughout the year, it may be important to write your elected officials, introduce yourself as a constituent, and ask for assistance on key issues. By coordinating with the Foundation, we can ensure your personal letters are hand-delivered to the appropriate staff in your legislators’ Washington, DC offices. We can even connect you with the congressional office after your letter is delivered to ensure your legislator responds to your request.