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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.
Step 2: Call your legislator. You first sent an email to your legislator. Maybe you heard back from them within a few days and maybe not depending on how busy their schedules are. Regardless, pick up the phone and call them! Do this to discuss the bill OR to set up an time to meet with your legislator when you come to town for Advocacy Day.
How to Call Your State Legislator without Getting Tongue Tied, Brushed Off, Or Hung Up On
Contacting your local Representative and Senator can be intimidating or downright scary if you are not prepared! These are a few tips to help you make contact with your legislators, make your views known as a constituent, and hopefully build a positive relationship with him or her.
Now you’re ready to call! Here is an example of a phone conversation:
Introduce yourself to the person answering: “Hello, I’m [your name] from Representative [Legislator’s last name] district. I would like to speak with him/her about (insert issue like House Bill XX) which proposes (tell them what it does). Is she available now to take my call?”
If the response is Yes, once your representative is on the line, repeat your introduction and give a brief reason why he/she should vote for (or against) the bill. As a social worker, you can speak to how this bill will impact your clients or the community directly or indirectly. Remember, social workers are advocates!
If the response is No, ask the legislative assistant when the legislator will be available to receive constituent calls, and say that you will call back during that time frame. Make sure to thank him or her for her time.