Ways to Say Thank You
Thanking your elected officials when they do something right is an important step towards building a long-term relationship you can call on time and again. If your Members of Congress voted for the Farm Bill, please find a way to say thank you!
Here are just a few ideas:
- Call. It may be old-fashioned, but it is still the best way to reach hard-working staff on Capitol Hill and convey your thanks. Use the Capitol switchboard number (202-224-3121) and ask for the staffer handling agricultural issues. Thank them for supporting the legislation, tell them how important ALE and the match alternatives are to help ensure that a lack of local funding does not exclude protection of strategically important lands.
- Send a tweet "mentioning" your legislator and saying thank you. Here's an example: "Thank you @RepHandle for voting for the #FarmBill and over $1 Billion in easement funding"
- Get creative with Facebook. Every legislator manages their Facebook presence a bit differently. Search for their Facebook wall, and "post" a message with links to photos of completed projects or recent news clips.
- Say thanks in person, preferably at a conserved property. No other thank-you can compare to the one they hear from a landowner who nenefited from the easement programs in the Farm Bill. Invited your Rep. and staff to see the ALE programs in action. View our guide to hosting an event and see recent examples.
- Send a thank you letter from your organization. View a template.
- Get landowners who benefited from the ALE program to send thank you letters. View a template.
- Send a press release to news media organizations in your service area and community. View a template.