Nonprofit organizations play a vital role in strengthening democracy, promoting civil liberties, and adding richness and diversity to community life. Over the course of its history, Lions Clubs International has provided a strong, collective voice to inform and influence public policy at the local, state and national level. Lions Clubs International continuously works to highlight issues affecting the community and align public policy initiatives to address civic-social needs. Through advocacy, Lions can inform their elected officials of specific social concerns and help policymakers find specific solutions to persistent problems.
We look to our 1.4 million global Lion members to increase awareness among policy-makers about humanitarian problems. Lions Clubs International is well-positioned to provide a conduit for Lions members to voice an opinion and engage legislators through advocacy efforts. Some examples include:
- Emailing or calling your elected officials. Watch the Advocacy 101 Webinar to learn more.
- Organizing meetings or site visits with your legislators and their staff.
- Making your views known to policymakers and your community through traditional and social media.
Tim Shriver, Chairman of Special Olympics, voices his support of the Volunteer Organization Protection Act of 2015 (“VOPA”) at the 2015 International Convention
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