Advocacy Tools

From getting your facts to contacting your legislator, we can help you become an advocate. Visit Advocacy Stat! to learn how you can do the most good right now!

How to Write a Letter to the Editor

Guess which is the most read section of the local paper? Yep, the Editorial Page.  Letters to the editors work and have a big impact.  Here’s some “tried and true” tips to write a letter and…..get it published!

Here’s a great resource on the ins and outs of writing a Letter to the Editor from Community Tool Box.

Some Tips:

About what? — Make your point quickly.

Accurate Information — Make sure facts are correct and current.

Awareness — What do you want readers to know?

Action — What do you want readers to do?

Always Follow-up —-

  • The day after you send your letter, call the paper to make sure they received the letter.
  • If your letter does not run in the paper in ten days, call the paper to check on the status of the letter.

For the Pittsburgh Post Gazette:

You must include your name, address, and phone number

Letters must be 250 words or less.

E-mail letter to: or you can mail to:

Letters to the Editor


34 Boulevard of the Allies

Pittsburgh, PA  15222

Follow-up and check on the status of your letter by calling Alice at (412) 263-1149.


How to Do a Legislative Visit

Our elected officials represent us.  One of the most effective advocacy actions we can do is a local, legislative visit.

For tips and guidance on HOW TO DO A SUCCESSFUL LEGISLATIVE VISIT please click on the following link:


For more information on HOW TO DO A SUCCESSFUL LEGISLATIVE VISIT please view the following Power Point.

To schedule a training for your group or organization call Sally Jo (412) 456-1877 x 203


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