Gritty details about the inner-workings of Congress make most people’s eyes glaze over. If you’re going to share anything about an upcoming vote or appropriation process, break it down for your friends and followers. Explain exactly what’s happening in simple terms, provide a clear ask for how they can get involved, and then provide instructions for next steps. If you want a shortcut to this whole process, sign up for the Catholic Relief Services/USCCB joint effort Catholics Confront Global Poverty. The CCGP action alerts break everything down into plain language and clear instructions (plus, we won’t bombard your inbox!).
Twitter is especially useful for contacting representatives. If your representative uses Twitter, send him or her @replies (beginning a tweet with someone’s Twitter handle directs a public message to their attention). It’s a nice way to break through the clutter of emails and phone calls, and the staffer assigned to the account will bring highlights back to the representative.
How can someone contact Catholic Relief Services with questions?
Besides our normal contact information, find us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube. Our Twitter feed for journalists is @CRSNews. And if you have any ideas for using social media to fight hunger, find me on Twitter (@JenHardy).