Between your League, our external lobbying firm of Hunton & Williams, and the Credit Union National Association, credit unions in Virginia have 17 professional lobbyists watching out for credit unions day in and day out in Richmond and Washington.
However, the most important voice to an elected official is you, the constituent. Legislators pay attention to the people who are potentially voting for them, and that is why you - the grassroots activist - are so important. You can tell the story of your credit union better than anyone else, and we need you to build relationships with your lawmakers and to lobby in Richmond and Washington.
Locate and Contact Your Lawmakers
- Visit www.mycuisme.com
Getting Involved is Easy
- Download this political involvement powerpoint to learn how.
- Contact your League’s Karin Sherbin to talk to your credit union’s staff, leadership and volunteers to make them feel more comfortable with getting involved.
Participate in Project Zip Code
Members = Constituents. Credit unions are asked twice a year to run a program called Project Zip Code that determines the number of members in each Congressional and state legislative districts. This program is a great tool to remind lawmakers that they have thousands of credit union constituents. The program also can be used for marketing purposes.
- Download Project Zip Code on CUNA's site.
Volunteer on Campaigns
Volunteering for political campaigns is easy and fun. Tasks range from putting up signs, staffing telephones, and knocking on doors. Candidates view volunteers as important as campaign contributions. Campaign volunteering is a great way to build relationships with lawmakers, meet people, and have fun.
Attend CU Day at the General Assembly
Each year credit union advocates meet with Virginia's state lawmakers in Richmond during the General Assembly session, which begins in January. Check with your chapter for details.
Attend the Congressional Luncheon
Each year (usually in late February) your League hosts a luncheon in Washington, D.C., for credit union advocates to hear from our federal lawmakers. Details about the luncheon are distributed in early January.
- [learn more and register for the 2014 Congressional Luncheon]
Attend CUNA's GAC
This conference is the premier governmental affairs event hosted by the Credit Union National Association annually. Usually happens in February. The League’s Congressional Luncheon is held on the Wednesday of the GAC week.