As summer approaches, CAI is excited for the season of community association events. From barbecues and town hall meetings to potlucks and craft fairs, community associations across the country are gearing up for the summer. CAI’s Government and Public Affairs team wants to help you increase your event’s impact by inviting elected officials to attend and share relevant information with them.

Direct interactions with constituents have more influence on lawmakers’ decisions than any other advocacy action. According to the Congressional Management Foundation’s report, Citizen-Centric Advocacy: The Untapped Power of Constituent Engagement94% of lawmakers say an in-person visit from a constituent would influence them on an issue they’re undecided on.

CAI’s Constituents in Your Communities campaign is an opportunity for community associations and community association management companies to bring advocacy into their backyards. Community events are incredible opportunities for elected officials and their staffs to experience the incredible culture of your association and learn firsthand about the community association industry.

CAI represents the 75.5 million Americans who live and work in community associations nationwide, according to the Foundation for Community Association Research. For seven years, we’ve helped connect legislators with community associations with Constituents in Your Communities.


Last summer, CAI’s Southwest Virginia Chapter held its annual spring social at a local community association in Lynchburg, Va. They were joined by Virginia state Sen. Mark Peake (R) and Virginia state Del. Wendell Walker (R) who represent Lynchburg and the surrounding area in Richmond. Attendees said, “We enjoyed having them attend and the opportunity to engage with them. They stayed for well over an hour chatting with members and getting to talk with us about the community association housing model.”

Special thanks to CAI Advocacy Ambassador Ginny Peeples for planning the event and hosting the legislators.

Do you plan to host an event with an elected official? Tell us when and where your event will take place, and we’ll do the rest.


Have questions or need assistance reaching out to your elected officials? We’re here to help. Send us an email at


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