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Advocacy Day Information

NASW-NC Social Work Advocacy Day

North Carolina Social Work Advocacy Day will be held on Wednesday, March 3, 2021

 

Our advocacy sessions will likely be virtual. We will continue to monitor the COVID-19 Pandemic and share information in early 2021.

 

From 2019 Social Work Advocacy Day:

Hear from social worker and elected official Representative Meyer about social workers being advocates!

 

What is Social Work Advocacy Day?

Every other year (in odd numbered years: 2019, 2021, etc.), the National Association of Social Workers North Carolina Chapter (NASW-NC) invites hundreds of social workers and social work students to the North Carolina General Assembly to participate in NASW-NC Social Work Advocacy Day. Advocacy Day is only offered every other year due to the NC General Assembly's legislative session schedule. The goal of this event is to further social workers’ knowledge about policy issues in substantive areas of social work practice, teach participants about legislative advocacy, and provide an opportunity for social workers to educate their legislators about the social work profession and important client issues.

 

The most important part of Advocacy Day is your meetings with your Representative and Senator! We know that meeting with your legislators can feel scary if you have never met with them before! We recommend building a relationship with your legislator before you come to Advocacy Day to help ease your nerves!

Step 1: Email your legislator
Step 2: Call your legislator
Step 3: Visit them in person and plan for that visit (or invite them to your agency!)
More helpful advice about meeting your legislators in person!
Step 4: Follow Up!

 

Watch our video to learn step by step how to find the information you need to contact your legislators!

 

When and Where is Social Work Advocacy Day?

The next Social Work Advocacy Day will be held on Wednesday, March 3, 2021

 

What are the important issues?

Information coming in 2021! We will provide issue briefs, talking points, and a training on three different issues you can use to meet with your legislators about!

 

Why is Advocacy Day Important?

Through the help and support of advocates just like you, we are able to advance the interests of the social work profession and issues of social and economic justice in the North Carolina General Assembly. Advocacy Day helps you fully understand how that process works.

  

Letter to social work internship supervisors.

 

How much does it cost?

Advocacy Day is FREE but in order for us to make the day possible, we rely on contributions to keep the event free to attendees. Please consider contributing to this effort to help connect the social work profession to those who represent us and our communities at the North Carolina General Assembly. Suggested contributions are $20 for nonmembers and $10 for members.

 

Continuing Education

CE will be determined when the agenda is finalized. In 2019, participants earned 1.5 hours of CE.

 

Helpful Resources

Advocacy Dos and Don’ts

Find your Legislator

Scheduling a meeting with your legislator (blog post) 

NC General Assembly Website: Visiting the State Legislative Complex

Going through security at the Legislative Building

 

Learn more tips from NASW-NC's Advocacy Handbook.

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