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Advocate Resources

Cindy with the Advocacy Day Letters

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.

The Before

Here’s your checklist for things to do before Advocacy Day:

  • 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. Letter template coming soon!
  • Attend a training. Register for a training session from the RESOLVE Advocacy Team.
    • Training call/webinar for all Registrants:
      Day: Wednesday, May 3rd
      Time: 8:30-9:30 PM (EST), 7:30-8:30 PM (CST), 5:30-6:30 PM (PST, MST) - Click here to RSVP
    • Training call/webinar for Family Building Professionals:
      Day: Thursday, May 4th
      Time: 1:00-1:30 PM (EST), 12:00-12:30 PM (CST), 10:00-10:30 AM (PST, MST) - Click here to RSVP
  • 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.

“The During” 

2015 Advocacy Day Training PictureHere’s a checklist 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.

"The After"

  • 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 sbookal@resolve.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 (sbookal@resolve.org), 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 info@resolve.org. If you have a blog, write a post about your Advocacy Day experience and share it with us.
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