How do we write the letters to Congress?
Our Mission: 1 letter-writing campaign is focused on one key point: We want Congress to protect and reform U.S. foreign aid to make it more effective in reducing hunger and poverty.
You are asked to make your letters as personal as possible, so handwritten letters or personalized emails (via Congressional web forms) are encouraged.
Web forms are actually the preferred mode of communication for most senators and representatives. You can find your respective senators’ or representatives’ offices online at <senate.gov> or <house.gov>.
Letters can also be handwritten and mailed to Senator Herb Kohl and Sen. Ron Johnson, U.S. Senate, Washington, DC 20510 or Rep. Sean Duffy, U.S. House of Representatives, Washington, DC 20515.
Remember these four simple steps to effective letter writing:
1. Write your name and address at the end of your letter AND on the envelope, so your members of Congress know you are one of the people they represent.
2. Ask for specific action, using this sentence or your own words: “I ask you to reform foreign aid to make it more effective in reducing hunger and poverty.
3. Give reasons why.
- Letters with personal stories are the most compelling and effective.
- “My church is already helping by [example from Mission: 1], but I also expect my country to take the lead in combating global hunger.”
4. Put each letter in a separate envelope and address it. Send your letter to:
Senator Herb Kohl / Senator Ron Johnson
Washington, DC 20510
Rep. Sean Duffy
U.S. House of Representatives
Washington, DC 20515
Because of security procedures, your letter may take two to four weeks to reach Congress, so please plan accordingly. Or use the web response forms for your respective senators’/representatives’ offices which can be located at <senate.gov> or <house.gov>.
Your letters will make an important difference for people who are hungry and poor.
Here is a sample letter, but please personalize it.
Dear Senator Kohl or Johnson or Representative Duffy,
I am a member of Grace U.C.C., a congregation of the United Church of Christ,
and we are passionate about the need to sustain funding for programs for hungry
and poor people in the United States and around the world. My church is commit-
ted to serving hungry people in our community, but I also expect the U.S.
government to take a lead in addressing hunger in systemic ways.
I am deeply concerned about some of the budget cuts Congress is considering. We
need to cut the federal deficit, but we must not do it on the backs of poor people.
We need to form a circle of protection around the people who benefit from these
programs — struggling women and children in developing countries. Poverty –
focused foreign assistance is less than 1 percent of the federal budget, so chopping it
would do little to reduce the deficit.
At the same time, we need to make sure every taxpayer dollar is spent wisely.
More efficient U.S. foreign aid programs will ensure that our tax dollars are used
effectively and that the aid we give is what local people in poor countries really
need. These reforms will help foster economic growth and opportunity and
contribute to our own national security as well. Former Secretary of Defense Robert
Gates has stated that helping countries develop “is a lot cheaper than sending
soldiers.” I agree.
Please protect families and children from cuts that cost lives, and support reforms
to U.S foreign aid so that the world’s most hungry people are the ones who actually
benefit from our assistance.