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AARP builds Arkansas County Advocacy Contacts network to enhance voice on key issues

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Longtime AARP Arkansas volunteer advocate Billie Dougherty during an advocacy volunteer recruiting meeting in Little Rock explains how rewarding and fun it is to serve on AARP Arkansas' volunteer "A Team," particularly at the state Capitol during legislative sessions. Arkansas' 90th General Assembly convened January 12.

AARP invites you to join our growing number of County Advocacy Contacts (CACs). We are building a group of advocates in all 75 counties to help the voice of Arkansans 50 plus be heard on important issues like the health care Private Option, Social Security, Medicare and caregiving.

"We promise not to take too much of your time, so even if you are volunteering in another role, we hope you will become a CAC," said Herb Sanderson, AARP Arkansas Associate State Director for Advocacy.

Building a growing CACs network represents an important part of AARP's advocacy activities, particularly with so many new legislators and other key elected officials.

"AARP’s strength is in our numbers," Sanderson said. "A few short, polite lines in an e-mail from individuals across Arkansas sends a loud message. A red AARP shirt in meeting is hard to miss. A personal, handwritten note to an elected official is gold. Your efforts will produce results."

Having at least one CAC in each county in Arkansas will mean every legislator in the state will hear from one of their constituents who is an AARP volunteer. It means the Governor, our Senators and U.S. Representatives will hear from every county in Arkansas about an issue important to AARP Arkansas.

Those who volunteer to serve as a CAC will serve as the key advocacy contact in their county. Their mission is to communicate AARP positions to local and regional elected policy makers, to opinion leaders, to AARP members and to the general public.

To sign up or get more information on CACs, please contact Herb Sanderson at  hsanderson@aarp.org or 501-217-1639.

 

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