COVID-19 Action Alert

Updated: 03/25/2020

Take Action Now! Support Minnesota Nonprofits

Minnesota Legislature is coming back into session on Thursday to take up $356 million in proposed funding to address the coronavirus pandemic and potential policy changes. 

Critical decisions are being made this week that will affect the ability of our organizations to meet the needs of our community – especially as the Governor’s “Stay at Home” order goes into effect

For additional resources, tookits, and updates visit MACC's COVID-19 Preparedness & Response page

Download the full MACC COVID-19 Minnesota Legislative Advocacy Toolkit:

MACC TOOLKIT

 

What we can do:

Send a personal email to our state's leadership:

 SEND EMAIL

Sign on to endorse the MACC Network's joint letter to the Governor and state leadership:

ENDORSE LETTER   READ THE LETTER

Rally friends, family, colleagues, and community members on social media:

SHARE ON SOCIAL

Use social media to directly ask our leaders for support:

DIRECT ASK

 


Action Alert Email Template - Copy & Paste

For organizations that sign on to the MACC Network co-authored letter to Minnesota leadership
(Use this email to share with staff, board, donors, and partners)

Subject: Act today, [our organization] is critical to effective COVID-19 response

Body:

[Your greenting]

We need to act today.

Critical decisions are being made this week that affect the ability of our organization to meet the needs of
our community.

What you can do:

  1. Send a personal email to our state's leadership by using this form.
  2. Rally friends, family, colleagues, and community members on social media - use these templates
  3. Use social media to directly ask our leaders for support - use these templates

I strongly encourage you to use this pre-written email template to send a message to our Governor
and your legislative leaders
about the importance of supporting Minnesota's nonprofits and the individuals
and families we serve. We encourage you to personalize it with your own perspectives and experience.

[Our organization] recently signed on to a letter, sent to Governor Walz and our state leaders that
lays out a unified set of recommendations to ensure that nonprofits like [our organization]can continue to
respond to the rapidly changing and emerging needs of our communities. It's critical that we speak up
clearly, with a unified voice to ask for what we need. Your email, tweets, and posts will help get these
messages to our leaders.

Nonprofits like [our organization] provide the critical support our communities need during crisis. Nonprofits
are also employers - employing more than 13% of Minnesota's workforce - and it is our employees that supply
the food assistance, domestic violence crisis response, childcare, mental health services and more that our communities desperately need right now.

Without additional intervention by our state leaders, there will be disruption of critical services for our most vulnerable neighbors and community members. Our services are more important than ever, as disruptions in delivery threaten to exacerbate disparities in life outcomes among people of color, those with low incomes, and seniors.

If you have any questions, please reach out to me directly or the advocacy team at United Way at advocacy@gtcuw.org.
Thank you for taking action to support [your organization] so that we can continue to meet the critical needs of our community!

[Your sign off]


 

Action Alert Social Media Templates - Copy & Paste

Use these templates to rally friends, family, colleagues, and community members on social media.

#1
ACTION ALERT: In this time of need, please join MN's nonprofit community to thank elected officials for their leadership & ask them to support recommendations to help organizations on the front line of community service. Please click & join our efforts https://bit.ly/2JgF2tC

#2
MN's nonprofits deliver critical services for people across our state and need support right now to meet the growing needs wrought by the Covid-19 pandemic. Join us in letting elected officials know how we can come together. Sign our Action Alert here https://bit.ly/2JgF2tC

#3
We’re asking partners & friends around MN to contact @GovTimWalz and #mnleg legislators about the importance of supporting nonprofits & the people we serve during this time of unprecedented need. Please click to send a message of support: https://bit.ly/2JgF2tC

#4
MN nonprofits supply food assistance, domestic violence crisis response, childcare, mental health services & more. We must be able to meet rapidly changing needs in this crisis. Please join us in supporting ideas to bolster the work of MN's nonprofits https://bit.ly/2JgF2tC



Action Alert Direct Social Media Appeals to State Leadership - Copy & Paste

Use the templates to reach out directly to our state leaders to ask for their support

#1
[insert leader social media] MN nonprofits are united in asking for action to help avoid further disruption of services during #covd19 crisis https://bit.ly/3ac40qc

#2
[insert leader social media] MN's nonprofits deliver critical services for people across our state and need support right now to meet the growing needs wrought by the #Covid-19 pandemic https://bit.ly/3ac40qc

#3
[insert leader social media] We need your action! MN nonprofits supply food assistance, domestic violence crisis response, childcare, mental health services & more. We must be able to meet rapidly changing needs in this crisis. https://bit.ly/3ac40qc

#4
[insert leader social media] Critical services to our most vulnerable community members are at risk- please continue to address the needs of MN nonprofit community service providers during #Covid-19 https://bit.ly/3ac40qc

 

State Leadership social media handles:


Governor Tim Walz: @GovTimWalz
Lieutenant Governor Peggy Flanagan: @LtGovFlanagan
Speaker of the House Melissa Hortman: @melissahortman
House Majority Leader Ryan Winkler: @_RyanWinkler
House Minority Leader Kurt Daudt: @kdaudt
Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka: @paulgazelka
Senate Minority Leader Susan Kent: @SusanKentMN
Management and Budget Commissioner Myron Frans: @myronfrans
Employment and Economic Development Commissioner Steven Grove: @grove
Public Safety Commissioner John Harrington (no personal twitter): @MnDPS_DPS
Human Services Commissioner Jodi Harpstead (no personal twitter): @MinnesotaDHS
Housing Commissioner Jennifer Ho (no personal twitter): @mnhousing
Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm: @MDHCommMalcolm
Corrections Commissioner Paul Schnell (no personal twitter): @MinnCorrections

 


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