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Advocacy Toolkit

Making change for kids requires a collective effort. Use our Advocacy Toolkit to take action as an advocate for Oregon’s children.

Find your representative.

Learn more about the policymakers who represent you locally and nationally. For statewide policy concerns, contact your State Representative and State Senator. For federal policy concerns, contact your Congressional Representative and Senator.

Start a conversation.

Talking to your legislator is one of the simplest ways to be an advocate for kids. You can email, call, write, or schedule an in-person meeting with your elected officials. When contacting your representative, identify yourself as a constituent by stating your name and address. Make one simple, clear request, such as supporting or opposing a specific bill or policy. Include the reasons why you care about the issue. Be sure to mention how the bill or policy would affect your community and Oregon’s kids. If you have a personal story, share it! Tip: Be courteous to your representative and their legislative staff.

Show up.

You can interact with legislators and other community members at lobby days and town halls. Lobby days are your opportunity to join advocates and community members in meeting elected officials and showing support for specific issues and important legislation. Town halls are community-wide meetings where Oregonians can share the issues that are most important to them with elected officials and engage in a dialogue with legislators and members of the community. For more information about preparing for town halls, click here. To find out if your Representative or Senator is holding a town hall, click here.

Vote.

Kids can’t vote, but you can represent their needs and interests at the ballot box. Click here to register to vote or update your voter registration.

Stay engaged.

Sign up for our Action Alert emails to get the latest updates about key legislation impacting Oregon’s children.