Advocate 101: Join the Movement
What is an Advocate?
Advocates help improve the lives of people living with arthritis by expressing their opinions and person stories. The key to successfully changing government policies and funding is through grassroots advocacy and our advocates are the Arthritis Foundation's chief resource for making positive changes in Washington. Advocates receive Action Alerts emails when important arthritis-related issues are debated on Capitol Hill. In 5 minutes or less, you'll be able to write your elected officials and tell them their constituents care about arthritis and how it impacts our communities.
What is the Difference Between an Advocate and an Ambassador?
An Advocate receives the bi-monthly Advocacy in Action newsletter as well as periodic Action Alerts. Action Alerts are customizable, pre-written letters that are sent directly to your elected officials. Advocates also have access to the monthly Advocate Webinar Series, a collection of webinars on different advocacy topics that help Advocates understand more about Arthritis Foundation advocacy issues and topics. Click here to sign up as an Advocate!
An Ambassador is committed to forming relationships with their state and federal elected officials. Ambassadors also receive Advocacy in Action, Action Alerts, and access to the Advocate Webinar Series, but also have the opportunity to participate in briefings held every other month. Ambassadors have an activity every month with the goal to foster the relationship between them and their elected officials. Click here to join the Ambassador program!
See Our Advocates at Work!
Our Advocates, Ambassadors and partners advocate for arthritis around the country every single day. See them hard at work below, and join in the conversation using the hashtag #AdvocateForArthritis!