National GrandRally May 10th, 2017
Raise your Grand Voice on Capitol Hill at the 5th National GrandRally on May 10th, 2017, in Washington, DC. The National GrandRally: Building a Community of Hope, is a highly visible gathering of grandfamilies and their fellow advocates to elevate the critical role grandparents and other relatives play in providing safe, loving, permanent families for children and the policy changes needed to effectively support them while building and strengthening a community of hope. Cosponsors of the GrandRally include AARP, Casey Family Programs, Children’s Defense Fund, Foster Club, Generations United, GrandFamilies of America, & National Kinship Alliance for Children.
Grandparents caregivers, children, and advocates will gather on the West Grassy Front of the U.S Capitol for a rally featuring speakers and performances by caregivers and young people in grandfamilies, members of Congress, and other champions for the families. The event will be emceed by award-winning Washington Post columnist, Michelle Singletary. A celebratory GrandRally dinner and reception will take place nearby on the evening before the Rally featuring Austin-based musician SaulPaul. There are also opportunities to participate in advocacy trainings and Congressional visits.
Never been to a National GrandRally or Washington DC? The GrandRally website is a great resource to help you plan your trip and connect with others in your state planning to attend. Here are just a few of the useful links:
Many states State Contacts
who you can connect with to coordinate transportation, fundraising, congressional visits and other logistics around the rally. If your state doesn’t have a state contact and you are interested learning about being a state contact, have recommendations for someone else or have other questions about attending the GrandRally, email GrandRally Outreach Coordinator, Yvonne Thompson-Friend at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Registration for the GrandRally and related activities opens the week of March 6th at www.grandrally.org. There is a flat fee of $15 per person for the Rally and any related activities. Registrants will receive a GrandRallyT-Shirt.
We hope to see you there!