By Angela Lee, Manager of Advocacy Outreach and Engagement, Goodwill Industries International
This year is an election year, resulting in a shorter legislative calendar for Congress so that lawmakers can have ample time on the campaign trail. This means in order to gain lawmakers’ attentions and for policies to get pushed through this year, advocates must be smarter in their efforts.
Our newly designed and updated Legislative Action Center is a tool for advocates, such as yourself, to use in raising awareness of the issues impacting the people Goodwill® serves and staying informed. We have added a Key Legislation page where you can learn about the critical pieces of legislation that have had – and continues to have – a profound impact on Goodwill organizations and the people we serve.
Those wishing to learn about our public policy agenda for this Congress can find additional information on our Policy Priorities page.
You can peruse through all of our weekly blog posts in case you missed it in your inbox or want to read an older post. You can still access our Twitter feed @GoodwillCapHill via the Legislative Action Center and find your lawmakers simply by entering your zip code.
Finally, the Action Center serves as a platform for advocates through which they can send timely messages to members of Congress. We currently have a new alert seeking a universal charitable deduction, so all taxpayers can be incentivized to donate to charities like Goodwill.
We created this Legislative Action Center in the hopes that it will help empower you, as a Goodwill advocate, to use your voice to help people, who are having a hard time finding employment, access job training programs, employment placement services and other community-based programs. In the next few weeks, more advocacy tools will be added to this site, including talking points and tips on meeting with your lawmaker.
Do you wish to see something in our Legislative Action Center that’s not already there? We are always striving to make advocacy easier for you, so feel free to send any feedback to [email protected]