Why does PCOA advocate?

Under our federal charter through the Older Americans Act, one of PCOA’s main responsibilities is to be a voice and advocate for the needs of older adults. We advocate because, without a voice federally, statewide, and locally, many issues important to older adults would not get the attention they deserve.

Can PCOA advocate?

As a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, PCOA can advocate on a limited basis. 501(c)3 non-profit organizations are allowed to participate in the following activities:

  • Educating elected officials on older adult issues
  • Discussing specific legislation with elected officials
  • Supporting or opposing ballot initiatives
  • Recognizing an elected official for work they’ve done that falls in line with our mission
  • Having registered lobbyists on staff and filing the organization as a lobbying entity
  • Conducting legislative analysis
  • Working within community coalitions with elected officials and community leaders to advance our mission

501(c)3 organizations are not allowed to participate in the following activities:

  • Support or oppose a political party
  • Support or oppose a political candidate running for office
  • Participate in events sponsored by politically partisan organizations (i.e. Republican or Democratic Party events)

Take Action

For more information on PCOA’s advocacy program and how you can become an aging advocate, call 520-305-3415.