If you want to donate your time to help Ukraine, one of the best opportunities is to force your local government to take some actions in support of Ukraine or push them to do more. In addition to local demonstrations and protests, you can write a letter to your elected representatives and call them to be as supportive as possible.
The easiest way to contact your MP is by post or email. It’s important to contact your own MP, as parliamentary rules mean that MPs can only respond to messages from their constituents.
To find out who is your MP, go to your government’s official website and find contact information there. To reach government representatives in the USA, Canada, Germany, UK, France, and Estonia, please use the following templates and instructions. This document will be updated with contact information for additional countries, as well as translated/adapted letter templates to show your support.
You can always use the letter templates, but personally written emails are often more persuasive and carry more weight. Here is a sample letter to a UK legislator calling for more sanctions on Russia and Belarus (please rewrite if your country is different), and a letter to a US MP asking to support the Additional Ukraine Supplemental Appropriations Act.
Petitions are another good way of getting your voice heard. They allow you to make a direct connection with your MP, showing them that they’re representing more than just their local constituents. They can be very powerful tools to raise awareness and put pressure on the government to change policies. If a petition reaches 10,000 signatures, the government will consider it for debate in Parliament. Petitions that reach 100,000 signatures are guaranteed a debate in Parliament.
Here’s the list of petitions any of you can sign and raise your voice.
Invite your friends and coworkers to join you in letter writing and call making. Together, we can make great things happen!