Alert Your Legislator About The Long-Term Care Workforce Crisis Today! 

Thank you for supporting efforts to strengthen Wisconsin's direct care workforce! You can help spread the word about the workforce crisis by sending a personalized Legislator Alert Message to your local legislator.  

You will join other allies - we are direct care workers, people receiving support, families, provider agencies and community members. While the message is the same for all of us, we each experience it differently. We want to make sure the Wisconsin Legislature hears from people all over the state. 

How to use the Legislator Alert Message form:

The Legislator Alert Message form is an easy way for you to share your story with your local legislator. You can download the fillable form, complete your personal message, and save the completed form. Then you can send your message to your legislator as an email attachment. Or you can print your message, and mail it in a regular envelope to your legislator. Need an example? Download this sample

How to find your Legislator: 

Go the the Wisconsin State Legislature website and enter your address under "Who Are My Legislators." 

Thank you for your support! Let's work together to let our Legislators know about the Workforce Crisis! 

10 Tips for Giving a Public Testimony

  • Gather relevant logistical information in advance.

    • Do you need to sign up to testify? Is there a time limit? If you want to be one of the first to testify, which is often when media is present. 

  • Keep it brief.

    • Prepare your testimony in advance. You often have only two or three minutes to speak. Make your point quickly and move on to others. Rehearse and time your speech beforehand.

  • Bring expertise or experience.

    • The most credible and persuasive speakers on long term care workforce policy are those who bring their personal stories and expertise. Workers, guardians, and consumers are some of the best presenters.

  • Stick to two or three points.

    • Organize your testimony ahead of time with other speakers, if applicable, so together you can cover all relevant issues.

  • Pay attention to other speakers.

    • Avoid repetition of earlier comments, and if possible, rebut earlier comments.

  • Use catchy metaphors, phrases, and soundbites.

    • Elected officials remember them and the press quotes them.

  • Be prepared to answer questions.

    • If you receive a question for which you don’t know an answer, tell them that you will follow-up with their office with the appropriate information.

  • Do not read your testimony.

    • Summarize your points on notecards.

  • Provide written copies.

    • Bring enough copies for committee members and the press.

  • Maintain eye contact with elected officials while testifying.

Accessing the Media 

The media is a great resource to help spread your message far and wide! Click on the links below for tips on writing a press release, submitting a letter to an editor and so much more! 

How to Submit a Letter to the Editor

How to Submit an Op-Ed

Writing a Press Advisory

Writing a Press Release

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