How to drop by the local office of your Member of Congress and advocate for research funding
1. Locate the local offices of your Members of Congress
Go to www.house.gov to look up the specific webpage of your Member of the House of Representatives and www.senate.gov to look up the webpage of your U.S. Senators. On each Member of Congress’ website is a listing of the addresses and phone numbers of their local offices. Find the one nearest you.
2. Plan ahead for your drop by. Get directions if you need them. Also call ahead to make sure the office is open.
3. Get your leave-behind information together. Print out and attach your address and contact information so that your Senators and Representative know a constituent is leaving important information for them.
4. Be ready to say who you are and what you want. Here is an example of what you could say to the staff person who greets you.
"Hi My Name is _________________ and I’m a volunteer with National Brain Tumor Society.
I’m here to leave off information for Senator or Rep. _______________ about the importance of supporting medical research funding in Congress.
Continuing research on brain tumors is vital to finding new therapies and ultimately a cure.
I am representing others in our community who could not be here today.
I hope Senator/Rep. votes to maintain funding for medical research at the National Institutes of Health and the cancer research programs funded by the Department of Defense."
5. Be sure to thank the staff person who takes your information.
** If you are asked any questions you don’t know the answer to, please get the staff person’s contact information and let them know that you will have someone from National Brain Tumor Society provide the answer to them. **
6. Afterward – please contact David Arons, Director of Public Policy, to let him know how it went.