NARFE’s Protect America’s Heartbeat ToolkitsNARFE’s members are their own best advocates and their grassroots efforts are critical to the success of NARFE in defending the earned retirement and health benefits of federal employees, retirees and survivors. The Protect America’s Heartbeat Toolkit is a guide to support you in your work as you organize and reach out to policymakers and the media. The resources below will provide you with the tools necessary to achieve success as an advocate.
Each Toolkit below is designed to stand on its own or as single toolkit. Further, each piece of the toolkit can be viewed and printed without having to print the entire toolkit.
If you have any questions, please contact the NARFE Legislative staff at email@example.com.
NARFE Issue Briefs and Fact Sheets Toolkit
In this toolkit you will learn about NARFE’s legislative priorities and general facts regarding the federal community. Every document in this guide was created to be given to members of Congress and/or their staff in meetings. However, you should not provide all of the documents at all of your meetings but the materials related to the topics you will be discussing. For guidance, review the Sample Agenda in the Legislative Activities at the Leadership Level Toolkit.
The information in these documents can also be used when writing letters and making calls to members of Congress, or for your personal use to provide a general understanding of our issues. These documents were created to be shared far and wide.
- America’s Federal Family at a Glance Fact Sheet (Updated April 2016)
- The Federal Family Fact Sheet (Updated August 2015)
- Federal Employee Deficit Reduction Contributions Fact Sheet (Updated March 2015)
- Assessing the Private Verses Public Pay Debate Fact Sheet (Updated March 2015)
- Current Threats Facing the Federal Community Fact Sheet (Updated October 2015)
- NARFE Opposition to the Chained CPI Issue Brief (Updated March 2015)
- Federal Employees Health Benefits Program Issue Brief (Updated March 2015)
- State Specific Federal Family at a Glance Fact Sheets (Updated July 2016)
- U.S. Postal Reform in the 114th Congress (Updated July 2016)
- Statehood for the District of Columbia
- Medicare Part B Increases Resulting from the Hold Harmless Provision (Updated March 2016)
- Government Pension Offset (GPO) (Updated November 2015)
- Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP) (Updated July 2016)
- WEP Reform Issue Brief (Updated March 2016)
- Paid Parental Leave Issue Brief (Updated March 2016)
- August 2016 Talking Points (Added July 2016)
In this toolkit, NARFE members will learn how to participate in legislative activities on their own. This guide explains how to contact your members of Congress, access their voting record, and engage with them in person and on social media.
- Calling Your Member of Congress Updated March 2015)
- Attending Congressional Town Hall Events (Updated October 2015)
- Representing NARFE at Community Events (Updated March 2015)
- Facebook Advocacy Guide (Updated March 2015)
- Using NARFE’s Legislative Action Center (Updated March 2015)
In this toolkit, NARFE leaders will learn how to promote legislative involvement at the Chapter and Federation level. Learn about the numerous ways to interact with members of Congress, conduct grassroots activities at your meetings and engage NARFE members in the legislative process.
- Congressional Meetings
- Building Relationships with Congressional Offices (Updated March 2015)
- In-State Congressional Visit Guide (Updated March 2015)
- Washington, DC Congressional Visit Guide(Updated March 2015)
- Tips for Conducting Your Congressional Visit – In-State or in D.C. (Updated March 2015)
- Know Before You Go Checklist (Updated July 2016)
- Template Meeting Request for In-State Visit
- Template Meeting Request for D.C. Visit
- Sample Agenda (Updated March 2015)
- Sample Questions You Can Expect to Receive from Members of Congress and/or Their Staff (Updated March 2015)
- Additional NARFE Legislative Priorities (Updated April 2016)
- Sample Thank You Letter to a Member of Congress (Updated March 2015)
- At Your Meeting
- Grassroots Advocacy At Your Meeting (Updated March 2015)
- Hosting Members of Congress at Your Chapter Meeting (Updated March 2015)
- Template Invitation for Hosting Members of Congress at Your Chapter Meeting
- Congressional Outreach at Federation Conventions (Updated March 2015)
- Template Invitation for Inviting Members of Congress to Your Federation Convention
- In Your Community
In this toolkit, learn the roles and responsibilities of federation NARFE-PAC coordinators and chapter NARFE-PAC chairs, including how to solicit contributions, facilitate candidate recommendations and educate NARFE members about NARFE-PAC. Updated December 2015.
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- Roles and Responsibilities of a NARFE-PAC Coordinator
- Raising NARFE-PAC Funds
- The NARFE-PAC Consultative Process
- Attending Local Fundraisers
- NARFE-PAC Reporting
- NARFE-PAC Leader FAQs
Campaign Activities Toolkit
In this toolkit, NARFE members and leaders will learn how to engage with congressional candidates during the election season. Learn about attending or hosting candidate forums and how to hold a successful meeting with a candidate. This guide also includes a Candidate Questionnaire, and explains how to use it in order to learn more about the candidate’s support of NARFE issues.
- Meeting with a Candidate (Updated October 2015)
- Hosting a Candidate Forum (Updated October 2015)
- Template Candidate Forum Request Letter
- Attending Non-NARFE Candidate Forums (Updated October 2015)
- Questionnaire for Congressional Candidates (Updated April 2016)
- An in depth look at the Hatch Act from narfe magazine, February 2014
- A short overview of the Hatch Act from narfe magazine, January 2016
The “Questionnaire for Congressional Candidates” is given to non-incumbent candidates who do not have a NARFE voting record by which to assess their positions on NARFE issues.
Media Outreach Toolkit
In this toolkit, you will learn how to promote NARFE and spread our advocacy messages to the media. Learn what it means to become a spokesperson for NARFE in your community and how to prepare for an interview. This guide also explains how to write successful letters to the editor and op-eds to your local papers, with links to published examples and templates.
- A How-To Guide for Interviews (Updated March 2015)
- How to be a Spokesperson with Sample Questions and Answers (Coming Soon)
- How to Write and Submit a Letter to the Editor (LTE) (Updated March 2015)
- How to Write and Submit an Op-Ed (Updated March 2015)
Field Plan Toolkit
In this toolkit, you will learn how to plan a successful field campaign. This guide utilizes strategies in the other toolkits to help you take the necessary steps and create a timeline to set and reach your advocacy goals.
Unless specifically noted, the documents were updated in March 2014