Advocacy Day Resources
We’ve put together some information to help you plan your trip to Washington, D.C. As the city is a popular destination for tourists throughout the spring and summer, we suggest booking your plans as soon as possible!
Questions about Advocacy Day? Contact Simmy Bookal at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Where to Stay
The Washington, D.C. metropolitan area covers a wide area including Northern Virginia, Washington, D.C. and southern Maryland. These areas are accessible by train or bus.
The Advocacy Day Morning Training will be held at the National Press Club. The National Press Club is located at 529 14th Street NW, Washington, DC 20045. Detailed directions to the National Press Club.
Where to Stay:
- We recommend taking advantage of the RESOLVE’s Advocacy Day room block* or staying somewhere near a Metro station so that you can easily commute to the Morning Training location.
- Try using websites like Hotels.com, Expedia.com, Kayak.com, or Airbnb.com to find a hotel/room to rent. Click here for a list of some hotels to start your search.
- As many hotels in the metro area can be pricey, Airbnb.com is another great option to rent an apartment, condo or room for more reasonable rates.
- Split costs: Once you have registered join the Advocacy Day Attendees Facebook page** and ask other Advocacy Day attendees if they would like to share a hotel room to split the cost or indicate that you are interested in sharing a room when you register.
* You will receive the room block information in your registration confirmation email from Simmy Bookal. If you have any question email Simmy at email@example.com.
** The Advocacy Day Attendees Facebook page is a closed group for registered Advocacy Day Attendees.
There are three airports in the Washington, D.C. Area:
- Reagan National Airport (Airport Code: DCA) Located in Virginia, approx 5 miles from Capitol Hill (and Metro accessible)
- Dulles International Airport (Airport Code: IAD) Located in Virginia, Approx 27 miles from Capitol Hill
- Baltimore-Washington International (Airport Code: BWI) Located in Maryland, Approx 30 miles from Capitol Hill
What is Metro? (Using the Metro is highly recommended.)
Metro is a convenient way to get around the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. You can explore the city without the hassle of traffic and parking or the expense of gas. It would be helpful for you to download the D.C. Metro app on your cell phones. For Android search: DC Metro Transit and for Apple IPhones seach: Find a Metro or DC Metro and Bus.
Buying Fares: Metrorail fares vary by time of day and the distance between stations. Use Metro’s Trip Planner to calculate the fare for your trip.
Visitor’s Kit: The Metro Visitor’s Kit is the definitive guide to helping you use Metro to get around the greater Washington D.C. area. Also check out this Metro Pocket Guide which provides you with the Metrorail system map, points of interest near Metrorail stations, and information on system hours, fares, and passes.
The Washington D.C. Metro website has a trip planner, maps, station information, information about fares, and more.
Union Station is Washington D.C., major train station, transportation hub, and leisure destination. Most buses will arrive and depart from this station.
For those of you who live or will be staying in the D.C. area, we strongly suggest using public transportation whenever possible. Street parking is extremely limited, particularly in the morning.
Managing Travel Costs
Tax Deductible Costs
According to the IRS website, generally, you can claim a tax deduction for travel expenses incurred while you are away from home performing services for a charitable organization only if there is no significant element of personal pleasure, recreation, or vacation in the travel.
Deductible travel expenses include:
- Air, rail, and bus transportation
- Out-of-pocket expenses for your car
- Taxi fares or other costs of transportation between the airport or station and your hotel
- Lodging costs
- The cost of meals
For complete information, visit the IRS website.
Ideas on how to save money for your Advocacy Day trip
Once you have registered, find someone to share a hotel room with by connecting with other Advocacy Day participants on the Advocacy Day Attendees Facebook page* or indicate you would like to share a room when you register.
- Ask your local family building professional to sponsor your trip
- Ask co-workers, family and friends to donate miles, points, etc.
* The Advocacy Day Attendees Facebook page is a closed group for registered Advocacy Day Attendees.
Union Station has a place where you can store your luggage for a fee. Union Station is about a 10 minute walk from Capitol Hill. Contact Information for Tiburon Lockers at Union Station: 50 Massachusetts Avenue, Gate A, Washington, D.C. 20002, telephone: (202) 898-1592. The hours of operation are 6 AM to 10 PM, DAILY.
Can't Attend Advocacy Day? Send Letters to Congress.
Your letter to Congress will address RESOLVE’s key issues for Advocacy Day 2018.
Fill out this form which will help us collect the information necessary to complete three letters on your behalf: one for each of your state’s Senators and one for your district Representative. Though you will only be asked to specifically input your Representative’s last name, letters to your Senators will also be created and delivered on Advocacy Day.
Questions? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.