Thank you for being an advocate for the infertility movement. Coming to Washington, D.C. to meet with your elected officials is an empowering experience. RESOLVE wants to give you all that you need for “the before”, “the during”, and “the after” of Advocacy Day. Read on to find resources and materials that will help you prepare for Advocacy Day.
Here’s your check list for things to do before Advocacy Day:
Read the FAQs. Learn more about what you can expect on Advocacy Day.
Book your travel. We suggest reading up on the schedule of events and details about the Capitol Hill and surrounding areas. You can find more travel information here. And if you need budget friendly travel trips, read this article from one of our advocates.
Connect with others. RESOLVE has a very active Facebook group for advocates just like you. You must request to join the group. This is a closed group so only you and the group members will see the posts.
Be proud you’re an advocate! Help us share information about this important event on your social media networks. We have some great images for you to download and share.
Ask for support. Letters from friends and family to their Members of Congress are an easy way to bring more voices of support with you. Simply share the letter template (updated letter template coming soon), sort the letters ;and bring them with you to the morning training on Advocacy Day.
Know who your Members are. It’s important to know who your Members of Congress are, how they vote, and a little bit about their personal life. Find out who your Members are and visit their websites by using OpenCongress.org
RSVP for Welcome Reception (coming soon). Meet fellow advocates and interact with the RESOLVE team. Email Simmy Bookal at email@example.com to RSVP.
Be an Advocacy Day "Spy"! Complete the Spy Sheet for Advocacy Day (Updated spy sheet coming soon!). This 4-point Worksheet has everything you need to collect essential "intelligence" about your state and your lawmaker. How many people with infertility live in your state? How many Veterans? Guaranteed to double your effectiveness on Advocacy Day!!
Important Documents: Feel prepared by reviewing documents ahead of time. No need to print these materials because they will all be in folders you receive at the Advocacy Day Morning Training.
Here’s a check list of things to think about and do upon your arrival to Advocacy Day.
Meet your state captain and fellow state advocates. You will have the opportunity to meet your state captains during the Welcome Reception. Also, once you check-in at the Morning Training on Advocacy Day you will be seated by state. Your fellow state advocates will be with you for the majority of the day so introduce yourself and connect with your state captains.
Prepare Your Story. Think about how you will tell your story. Keep it simple as often the people you are meeting with are unfamiliar with the complex details of medical treatment or the full spectrum assisted reproductive technology and/or the adoption process. Make some notes so you don’t forget the parts you want to mention. It’s helpful to share your out-of-pocket expenses. Explain how financial assistance would help you and others make more appropriate decisions. Examples include: better diagnostic testing, earlier treatment, and more appropriate treatment, recovering costs from adoption, surrogacy and being able to afford another adoption or IVF.
Read through the materials. RESOLVE will provide you with packets of important information to keep with you during your appointments. RESOLVE will also provide these materials ahead of Advocacy Day. Make sure you read through the issues we are advocating so they are fresh in your mind.
Watch this mock congressional meeting. Thank you to Kate Weldon LeBlanc, Executive Director of RESOLVE New England and fellow staff for helping to create this video.
Stay connected with your Members of Congress. That includes their staffers. Read about why staffers are just as important as meeting your Members of Congress. Make sure you send thank you letters soon after Advocacy Day. Your thank you letter can serve as a reminder and another opportunity to ask your Members to support our issues. A lot of Members of Congress have social media pages. Follow them and send a thank you. Here is a template thank you letter for the offices you met: Senate Thank You Letter and House Thank You Letter (updated letter templates coming soon).
Did your lawmakers have questions? Please send the info to firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll respond.
We want Advocacy Day to improve every year and we need your valuable feedback. Please fill out the Evaluation Forms (Updated evaluation forms coming soon!)! Please send your evaluation form to Simmy Bookal via email (email@example.com), mail (7918 Jones Branch Drive, Suite 300 McLean, VA 22102), or fax (703.506.3266).
Check the RESOLVE Advocacy Day website. We’ll post the new co-sponsors and actions on the bills and issues. We’ll have prompts to send more notes regularly if your lawmakers need more prodding to get on board.
Share your experience. Share your photos and stories in the Advocacy Day Facebook group or send to RESOLVE at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have a blog, write a post about your Advocacy Day experience and share it with us.