Schedule a Visit with your Government Officials

Schedule a visit with your government officials!

As you think about the year ahead, what do you plan? What do you include on your calendar? You probably include financial deadlines: when year-end documents are due, when grants begin and end. You probably have a grants calendar with alerts about when new RFPs will be released. You may have an events calendar and training calendar. What about an advocacy calendar?

One thing to keep in mind when planning events or advocacy efforts, is the Congressional calendar. When are the House of Representatives and the Senate in session? And, perhaps more importantly, when will they back in their home districts.

The dates below are the tentative dates for when House members and Senators will be back in their home districts and states. Thinking about inviting your representative to tour your facility? Check the calendar below for possible times when your representative may be in your district, and give his or her office a call to check on availability.

District work periods:

House

  • February 17 – 20
  • March 9 – 13
  • March 30-April 10
  • May 4 – 8, 26 – 29
  • June 29 – July 3
  • August 3 – September 4
  • September 21 – 25
  • October 13 – 16
  • November 9 – 13, 23 – 27

Senate

  • February 16 – 20
  • March 30 – April 10
  • May 25 – 29
  • June 29 – July 6
  • August 10 – September 7
  • October 12 – 16
  • November 23 – 27
  • December 21 – 31

Links:

House of Representatives 2015 Calendar:  http://www.majorityleader.gov/Calendar/114thCongressFirstSession-Monthly.pdf

Senate 2015 Calendar: https://www.senate.gov/pagelayout/legislative/one_item_and_teasers/2015_schedule.htm

Building relationships with your federal, state, and local representatives is a  great way to get the word out about your program and share stories and information that could earn you a great government ally. For additional information about advocacy activities, and the difference between advocacy and lobbying, join us on Monday, February 23, at 3:00 p.m. for the webinar, Advocating for your Programs. National Safe Pace Network staff and members of the NSPN Advisory Board Advocacy Committee will go over the differences between advocacy and lobbying and will outline some ideas for successful advocacy efforts. Register for the webinar here:  https://nationalsafeplace.ilinc.com/register/vsmpvpx

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