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Take Advantage of "Fridays at Home"

TIP: Many members of Congress spend time in Washington, DC from Monday through Thursday and head back to their home districts in time to be back interacting with constituents over an extended weekend. Votes and committee meetings are often scheduled with this in mind. So take note: A good time to be able to meet your representatives in their home offices is on a Friday, says California Language Teachers Association Executive Director Lorraine D’Ambruoso. She advises all language educators and leaders to consider making such Friday visits to their lawmakers’ offices, as they have done in her state. She also suggests: “You want to visit them before you have something specific to fight for, so you are laying the groundwork of the relationship. Then, when you really need those legislators to support you, they know who you are."