Top 10 Reasons to Participate in Advocacy Day
- You have more influence than lobbyists--seriously! Lawmakers appreciate hearing what's happening in their states directly from constituents. Only you know the personal stories about vulnerable children and youth that can truly make a difference!
- The children and youth you serve depend on you to be their voice! An organization or agency's responsibility is not only to provide services, but to advocate on behalf of their members, clients, and constituents.
- Meeting the key staff of your Members of Congress is the best first step to develop an effective, long-term relationship - Hill staff are the eyes and ears of your Member of Congress!
- For the first time in a long time, there is recently enacted legislation and other bills that promise to make positive changes for vulnerable children, youth, and families. Make sure your lawmakers know how your state is being affected and what you want them to support!
- In a recent survey, an overwhelming majority of Hill staff said that a face-to-face visit is the most effective contact from constituents. Calls and letters are great too, but when you are in Washington - go see them!
- Current leadership is sympathetic to child welfare issues and wants to help.
- See government work first-hand! Learn how Washington works and be a part of the process by talking directly to your Members of Congress!
- It's their job! Congress is there to work for you and to address your concerns. Make sure children's needs are high on their agendas.
- Times are hard. More than ever, Congress needs to hear how children are being affected and hurt by the economic downturn.
- The hour you spend on the Hill could make a lifetime of difference to a child in your agency.
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