Your source for the social work profession in North Carolina.
As a social worker and a constituent, it is important to establish a relationship with your legislators as they make decisions on your behalf- whether it’s to continue funding a program that serves your clients or funds your current position or a policy decision that impacts how your clients are served. NASW-NC is here to help you develop a relationship with your legislator. We are introducing a new series to be used to help you establish that relationship and a tool we hope you will use as you plan to join us in Raleigh for Social Work Advocacy Day.
How should I FIND my legislator?
The first step in building a relationship with your legislator is learning who represents you. You are searching for two different people here- one is your House Representative and the second is your NC Senator. It is easy to look up your legislators:
If you are still having difficulty finding who represents you, contact Kay Castillo at the chapter office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Step 1: Email your legislator. This is the easiest step to building that relationship- reaching out via email.
How should I first contact my legislator?
Most of us spend too much time sending emails anyway, what is one more to your legislator? To help break the ice with your legislator, send him or her a quick email that tells who you are and what you do in their community- working in an agency or going to school. Here are some tips to writing an effective email:
This is email is the first impression that your legislator will have of you. Make sure you make it a good one! Be sure to include:
You can use the following example to help you draft your first email: