Become an Advocate
As an individual, YOU can make a difference by becoming an advocate.
Once you have identified an issue of personal interest and concern, the first step to becoming an advocate is to become educated about the issue.
- Read newspapers for varying points of view
- Contact local community agencies for their background information
- Visit websites such as the League of Women Voters and others
- Talk to family, friends and colleagues about your point of view
- Contact your legislators who can make a definitive difference
Contacting your (local and national) legislators DOES make a difference!
- Develop a clear message about your issue.
- Target your message to key elected officials and legislators.
Methods of Contact
- Personal conversation
- Form letter
- Personal letter
Personal, thoughtful, well-written letters have a significant impact on lawmakers, especially when the letters are from their constituents. When writing your legislator remember to:
- Tell them that you are a constituent (that you live in their district, you belong to their party, or that you voted for them)
- Tell them the issue/bill number
- Explain the local impact
Be clear about the action you want them to take (support/oppose the bill, etc.)