Since the 2008 inception of the annual Goodwill® on the Hill event, nearly 1,500 Goodwill advocates have conducted more than 2,500 Hill visits. This includes nearly 170 program participants and family members who have benefited from scholarships and told their stories to lawmakers. GII has recognized 18 Goodwill agencies and four outstanding individuals for their advocacy efforts with the GII Advocacy Leader Award. A diverse group of 56 Members of Congress are considered Goodwill champions and have been presented the GII Policymaker Leader Award.
On Thursday, April 11th more than 100 Goodwill advocates will be adding to these numbers as they meet with hundreds of lawmakers and staff to discuss investments in workforce development; the impact of tax reform on nonprofits; and the need to provide back pay to federal contractors impacted by the government shutdown.
You can help support these efforts virtually by sending a message to your lawmakers as part of Goodwill’s Virtual Advocacy Day! Your voice matters and the thoughts you share online with your lawmakers make a difference. Here are three things that you can do to participate in Goodwill’s virtual advocacy.
- Send a Letter: Start off your virtual advocacy efforts by visiting Goodwill Industries International’s Legislative Action Center (Goodwill CEOs should click here to take action). In a few clicks you can send your lawmakers a letter asking them to support Goodwill’s policy priorities.
- Tweet Your Lawmaker/Share a Facebook Post: Use the power of social media (Twitter and Facebook) to message your lawmaker and ask them to support Goodwill. Follow the hashtag #GoodwillOnHill for graphics that you can re-share and re-tweet to your lawmaker.
- Post a Selfie: You are the face of a Goodwill Advocate! Share a picture online of you and tell the world why you advocate for Goodwill. Use our Goodwill Advocate selfie template along with your selfie to personalize your advocacy efforts.
These are three simple ways you can participate in Goodwill’s virtual advocacy. We invite you to take at least take one action today.
Every voice matters and virtual advocacy is one of the ways that you can make your voice heard. Thank you for your efforts today for being a Goodwill Advocate!
Don’t forget to follow us @GoodwillCapHill and to follow along with #GoodwillOnHill.