Advocating for Change One Diaper at a Time
How to Advocate for Change
Change happens when people contact their lawmakers and raise their concerns about needs not being met.
There are a number of ways that you can step up and take action to improve lives from the bottom up. Some take just a few seconds and some a bit longer. Below are different ways you can advocate for diaper rights.
Contact Your Legislators
(Find contact information for your Senators and Representatives here)
- Email Your Elected Officials
Sending an email to your elected officials is a quick and easy way to let them know that you demand that they commit to helping secure diapers for people in need as a condition of your vote.
- Call Your Elected Officials
You can call your Members of Congress by calling (202) 224-3121 and asking to be connected to the office of your Representative or your Senators. Once you are connected to the right office, ask to speak to the staff member who works on children’s issues, poverty issues, or elder care issues. Have in mind a specific request of your representative when you call. For the latest news about diaper rights, see our News tab.
- Send a Letter to Your Elected Officials
Writing a personal letter is a great way to communicate with your elected officials. Personalized letters are well-received by elected officials, as they know it takes time to write a letter with a well-thought out message.
- Meet with Your Elected Officials
A personal meeting with your elected official can be an effective way to persuade that official to support your cause. It is an opportunity for you or your group to sit down face-to-face with a key decision-maker to convey your thoughts on an issue.
Here are some thoughts on how to set up and have a meeting with your elected official.
Write an Op-Ed
An op-ed is an opinion piece written by a regular reader, representative of a group or cause, or an elected official who is not an employee of the newspaper. Op-eds are a great advocacy tool and a way to raise awareness about children’s issues and poverty issues—if placed, they are read by decision makers, opinion leaders and fellow citizens. We have an example of an op-ed here Diapers example op ed
Host a Diaper Drive
The most important step in addressing an issue is making sure people understand there IS an issue. Host a diaper drive to raise awareness of diaper needs in your community.
Learn more at: http://thediaperbank.org/index.php/support_TDB/diaperDrive/
START A DIAPER BANK
This of course requires a much greater commitment than hosting a diaper drive, but if there is not a diaper bank in your community and there is a need, you can greatly improve the lives of people in your community and raise awareness of the issue. Please contact The Diaper Bank for assistance and advice.
Learn more at: http://thediaperbank.org/index.php/start_a_diaper_bank/