Using Everyday Communications to Build Congressional Relationships

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National Alliance to End Homelessness

Toolkits | February 2, 2011

Files: PDF | 3.75 MB | 6 pages

A strong relationship with your Member of Congress requires regular communication throughout the year. Your primary method of interacting with your congressional office likely will be calling and writing. In all communications with your congressional office, you want to present your organization and your case in the most positive and compelling way possible. This toolkit is designed to help you make the most of the many quick calls, letters, emails, and faxes you might send to your congressional office each year.

This toolkit covers:

  • Types of congressional communication;
  • Who to contact in an office;
  • How to develop an ongoing relationship; and
  • Key strategies for advocacy communication.

In addition to several helpful tips and a list of five key steps for success, this toolkit includes:

  • Example faxed thank you letter; and
  • Example emailed advocacy letter.

Click here to return to the complete Advocacy Toolkit.