Being an advocate for your profession isn't just something you can do once every year during the Advocacy Summit. There are opportunities to connect with members of Congress throughout the year, like this recent example from the Iowa Funeral Directors Association.
Rep. David Young from Iowa is hosting a Veterans Care Fair on November 14 in Council Bluffs, Iowa. The resource fair features state and federal agencies (veterans, healthcare, small business and more), veteran service organizations, educational institutions and more.
Young hosted a Veterans Care Fair in another community earlier in the year. News stories about the event piqued the interest of IFDA Executive Director Suzanne Gebel. She reached out to Young's office and asked if IFDA could be participate in the next one.
After explaining the way in which funeral directors work closely with veterans and their families at the time of death, Young agreed that IFDA would be a good fit for the event.
The groundwork for IFDA's participation in the Veterans Care Fair was rooted in the relationships developed with Iowa's Congressional Delegation (and their staffs) during the NFDA Advocacy Summit visits and association members' participation in events in Iowa.
You Can Do this Too!
There are many events – beyond those targeted to veterans – sponsored by your Congressional representatives in which your funeral home or your state association could become involved. Local in your state are a great way to enrich the relationships you build during the Advocacy Summit.
If you need assistance becoming involved in local events or would like ideas about to connect with members of Congress throughout the year, contact Senior Vice President of Advocacy Lesley Witter at 202-547-0877 or firstname.lastname@example.org.