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RefugeeRISE needs your help!

posted on Wednesday, April 20, 2016

RefugeeRISE is still alive at the Capitol and we need your help to improve the lives of Iowa’s refugees! We’re urging all of you to PLEASE contact your senator and ask him/her to add the RefugeeRISE program and funding to SF2460, the Health & Human Services Appropriations bill.

At this point we may be in the final few days of the Session so contact needs to be made by email or phone and done ASAP.

Leadership is trying to get adjourned as soon as possible now. It is feasible that the Senate may be ready to debate that bill as early as Thursday or Friday.

Thanks to all for your hard work so far....don't stop now! We have overcome so many hurdles this session and done so much good work. The legislature needs to know that supporting Iowa’s refugees matters to community members – i.e. all of you! As constituents, your opinions matter to your legislators. Please consider using your voice to advocate for our refugee community!

Below are sample messages for you to use with your senator:

ACTION NEEDED

Link to find your legislators:

https://www.legis.iowa.gov/legislators/find

SUGGESTED EMAIL/VOICEMAIL MESSAGE

Dear first name & last name;

I urge you to add the RefugeeRISE program and funding to SF2460, the Health & Human Services Appropriations bill.  Not only will the $350,000 provide assistance to prepare current refugees  in Iowa for jobs with employers, especially in rural areas, where there is a critical need for trained workers – it will also provide a federal match of $650,000 to create a $1 MILLION OPPORTUNITY FOR IOWA!!!

Thank you for your attention to this very important opportunity for Iowa, Iowa’s current refugees and Iowa’s workforce.

Your name

SUGGESTED FACEBOOK POST

Sample Facebook post to encourage friends to contact their legislators; you can also tag your legislators in the post:

Please ask your Iowa Senator to add the RefugeeRISE program and funding to SF2460, the Health & Human Services Appropriations bill. RefugeeRISE AmeriCorps prepares current refugees in Iowa for jobs with Iowa employers, especially in rural areas where there’s a critical need of trained workers. The Iowa Refugee Alliance has a short window to receive 65% of the funding, $650,000, from the federal government if the Iowa Legislature and the Governor allocate $350,000. This is a million dollar opportunity for Iowa. We must act now.

Find your legislator here: https://www.legis.iowa.gov/legislators/find

SUGGESTED TWEET

Sample Tweet to @IowaSenate and individual legislators:

Add RefugeeRISE to SF2460! Strengthen our economy & support Iowa’s refugees #iowawins #ialegis #iapolitics