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Advocacy That Works

There are a number of ways that you can step up and take action to improve the lives of children. Some take just a few seconds and some a bit longer. Below are different ways you can advocate on behalf of children.

Email Your Elected Officials

Sending an email to your elected officials is a quick and easy way to let them know that you demand that they commit to helping children as a condition of your vote. Send an email now to your Members of Congress asking them to secure the future by investing in every child.

Call Your Elected Officials

You can call your Members of Congress by calling (202) 224-3121 and asking to be connected to the office of your Representative or your Senators. (Don't know who they are? Find out here.). Once you are connected to the right office, ask to speak to the staff member who works on children's issues. Clearly have in mind a specific request of your representative.

Send a Letter to Your Elected Officials

Writing a personal letter is a great way to communicate with your elected officials. Personalized letters are well-received by elected officials, as they know it takes time to write a letter with a well-thought out message. Learn more about how to write a compelling letter to your elected officials.

Meet with Your Elected Officials

A personal meeting with your elected official can be an effective way to persuade that official to support your cause. It is an opportunity for you or your group to sit down face-to-face with a key decision-maker to convey your thoughts on an issue. Learn more about how you can prepare for a meeting, what to do at the meeting and how to follow-up.

Write an Op-Ed

An op-ed is an opinion piece written by a regular reader, representative of a group or cause, or an elected official who is not an employee of the newspaper. Op-eds are a great advocacy tool and a way to raise awareness about children's issues—if placed, they are read by decision makers, opinion leaders and fellow citizens. Learn more about op-eds and how to write one.