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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.
Advocate And Appreciate: Don’t Forget to Say Thanks!
Step 4: Follow Up. After visiting your legislator in person- say thanks and push your message one more time.
You’ve done your part to make Advocacy Day successful: you emailed and called in advance and met with your elected official on Advocacy Day. Hopefully you found common ground for discussion with him/her and have forged a positive relationship for future opportunities to engage. Now comes the icing on the cake: saying thanks!
It sounds like a no-brainer: of course you’d express appreciation for anyone who extended themselves on your behalf, right? However, many people forget to follow up with a simple “Thank you” within a few days of an important meeting. Your courtesy and appreciation of the time extended to you by your legislator will go a long way to make a positive impression and ensure the same attention to you the next time you contact his/her office! This is also a good time to invite your legislator to your agency or school.
Not sure what to say or the proper format? Below is a sample letter you can tailor for your use. Don’t forget to check for spelling and grammar, and make sure you have the correct contact information to mail your letter. An emailed “thank you” is better than nothing, but a neatly typed and well formatted note will make you remembered! Keep in mind this is a SAMPLE letter. You may not have discussed a particular bill but rather social issues important to you.