It’s time to get those proclamation requests into your Governor and Mayor!
Below are tools to help you issue the requests, including Proclamation Guidelines by State, and templates for a sample cover letter as well as suggested language for the proclamations.
Requests for proclamations can be made to governors, state legislatures, mayors, city councils, county commissions, and other elected officials. In 2015, the diaper bank community secured proclamations from 30 statewide elected officials and 94 cities or counties.
Let’s try to get proclamations from all 50 states!
Why Proclamations Matter
A key action that community diaper banks can achieve in support of Diaper Need Awareness Week is to request that their elected officials—governors and state legislatures, mayors and city councils, county supervisors and commissioners—issue a proclamation declaring Diaper Need Awareness Week in the respective jurisdiction.
Largely symbolic, proclamations serve several important functions:
- Proclamations may spur state officials (governor or state legislators) to consider changes in policy to lessen diaper need in the state.
- Proclamations provide a political benefit to the elected official in showing that the office cares about children in need in the state/city/county, and allows the official to highlight the good work of the diaper bank(s) serving the community.
- Proclamations introduce the issue of diaper need, complete with specifics about child poverty in the area, to elected officials and staff.
- Proclamations inform elected officials of the critical value of organizations like diaper banks in helping to address diaper need.
- Proclamations provide a state/community-wide platform to talk about diaper need and the role of diaper banks in addressing the problem.
- Proclamations boost media attention by highlighting the issue of diaper need, the work of diaper banks, and the actions of the governor and other state and local officials.