Getting Started in Advocacy

Interested in learning more about advocacy? Here are some easy ways to get started.

 

  • Sign up for Prevent Blindness America’s Eye Care Action Network (Eye CAN), action alerts, emails/newsletters, and other communications.
     
  • Know which elected officials represent you at the local, state and federal level by going on-line (http://www.house.gov or http://www.senate.gov) or checking the “blue” (government) pages in the phone book.
     
  • Visit your elected officials’ websites and record their phone numbers and local office addresses – keep this contact information somewhere handy for ready reference.
     
  • Sign up for your elected officials’ newsletters (either on their websites or by calling the offices), so you can keep up-to-date on upcoming town hall meetings, district events, and other local activities.
     
  • Do some brief research to learn what each of your elected officials cares about and what their positions are (e.g., read press releases and policy positions on their websites, review their voting records and the bills they have authored or cosponsored).
     
  • Seek a local meeting (it is easier than you think) and/or contact the office to voice your opinion on a particular matter – be sure to follow up with a thank-you, or another inquiry

If you have any questions, please contact PBA’s Advocacy Department at EyeCAN@preventblindness.org.

Download our Getting Started in Advocacy tip sheet