Advocacy/Government Affairs

Mission Statement

The mission of the Marketing, Development and Government Affairs Department is to raise public awareness of the Groden Network’s programs and to build philanthropic support by developing and implementing integrated communications outreach programs that support the agency’s strategic marketing, funding and advocacy priorities.

Today, services for people with autism and developmental disabilities are confronted with challenges that were unimaginable only two years ago. Real threats exist to the continuation of programs that families, staff, volunteers and citizens of good will have taken decades to build.

All of us at the Groden Network see daily the challenges so many of our families and consumers confront. We believe it is critical to work together to support and expand services for people with autism and developmental disabilities.

We need you to join us in reaching out to our community, policy-makers and elected officials to share the important story as to why services are critically needed.


Alerts

Today, services for people with autism and developmental disabilities are confronted with challenges that were unimaginable only two years ago. Real threats exist to the continuation of programs that families, staff, volunteers and citizens of good will have taken decades to build.

All of us at the Groden Network see daily the challenges so many of our families and consumers confront. We believe it is critical to work together to support and expand services for people with autism and developmental disabilities.

We need you to join us in reaching out to our community, policy-makers andelected officials to share the important story as to why services are critically needed.

The Groden Network encourages the individuals we represent, their families and our staff to become active members of the political process. This includes understanding the political environment, taking part in the voting process and voicing their views.

Find your local elected officials

Find out who your elected officials are, check your voter registration, locate your local board of canvassers, view sample ballots for upcoming elections and find out where your polling place is located:


Action Center

Call to Action Legislative Work Plan:

Identify

Families, Friends, People with Development Disabilities and Direct Support Professionals to advocate for the great work that The Groden Network does in our community.

Educate

Activities

  • Recruit and build a data base of supporters.
  • Outreach – Call, U.S. Mail, Personal Meetings with your elected Official and let your voice be heard!
  • Develop a 24/7 Web Action Center with the up to date information.
  • Develop Position Papers – explaining the devastation these cuts will have on our community.
  • Track Legislation – Being organized to have a group testify on the hardship the cost will have on our families.
  • Hold Information Meetings – with Legislators, and interested parties.
  • Rallies – If needed, organize a rally to show the support that is in community against these cuts.
  • A Call to Action Day at the State House — Talk one-on-one with YOUR elected representative at the State House.

Targeted Legislators

Contact Your Legislators

Go to the Grassroots Center to write a letter to your Legislatures in support of The Groden Network.

RI Legislators’ Contact Information:

Resources/Links

Call

  • Governor Gina Raimondo – 401-222-2080
  • Nicholas Mattiello, R.I. Speaker of the House – 401-222-2466
  • Teresa Paiva-Weed, President of the Senate – 401-222-6655

Sign Up to Be an Advocate

If you would like to step forward and become an advocate, please fill out our Advocate Information Form (PDF) and return it to the Groden Network’s Family Services Department. Thank you!


Grassroots Center

Click here to visit the Grassroots Center website