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Ideas for a Thank You Campaign

At various times throughout the year, it is critically important to publicly thank your legislators and the Governor for their support of Line Item #9110-9002 – Local Aide to Councils on Aging.


  • Conduct a thank you letter-writing campaign party at your senior center;
  • Invite your legislators to your summer picnic, holiday party or ice cream socials and publicly thank them;
  • Add a feature article in your newsletter thanking all involved and stating how the formula grant is spent in your town;
  • Send a letter to the editor of your local paper thanking and detailing how your formula grant will be spent;
  • During the public comment period of your Select Board/City Council meeting, stand up and speak out – publicly thanking all involved;
  • If you operate a cable show, ask your legislators to be a guest and talk about the difficult budget year – and then publicly thank them for their efforts;
  • Produce a ‘big check’ with your Formula Grant amount on it and stage a photo op for the local newspaper with your legislators. Put the picture in your monthly newsletter
  • If you have a town chat room, make sure you mention your gratitude on it;
  • Have your board send a thank you note signed by all;
  • Use Social Media to mention your appreciation: post on Facebook; or tweet something;
  • Repeat often.

One last note: Over the 20 years our support has been bipartisan (both Republicans and Democrats) and bicameral (both Legislative Chambers- House and Senate). Though thanking your legislators for their support year round is advisable, you should avoid election season (September-November of an even numbered year) to avoid the appearance of endorsing one candidate over another. Use your best judgment or consult locally as to what is appropriate.

Massachusetts Councils
on Aging

116 Pleasant Street, Suite 306
Easthampton, MA 01027
Telephone: 413-527-6425
Fax: 413-527-7138