You Can Do This!Advocacy FAQs
Advocacy can be as simple as sending a prewritten letter to your elected officials. With the tools you find here, it will take you no more than a minute to speak out for cystic fibrosis.
Quite often, elected officials are in decision-making positions because they were passionate about an issue and wanted to change something — just like what you’re doing!
Remember, you are an expert on cystic fibrosis. This is an opportunity to share your knowledge about an issue important to you.
It’s okay if you’re not sure how to answer a question. Tell them, “I’m not sure, but I’ll get back to you with an answer.” Be sure to let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org, we are happy to help. Then you can follow up with the person you met with by email or with a phone call. More than likely, you will know far more than they will in regard to cystic fibrosis.
Not only are you an expert on cystic fibrosis, you are a constituent — which means your elected officials work for YOU! You can inspire your leaders to help fight cystic fibrosis.
It’s normal to feel nervous when you first get started. But remember, we will be there to help you, every step of the way.
Like all of us, elected officials have very busy schedules. They also receive hundreds of requests from their constituents each day. The key to making your voice heard is being persistent, but also demonstrating that you are flexible and understand the challenge that each office faces in fulfilling requests.
If you don’t hear from an elected official’s office within a week of contacting them, call and inquire about when you should expect a response. Keep trying once a week until they get back to you.
Have additional questions? Ask the Foundation's Public Policy Department by sending an email to email@example.com.