Advocacy- Will you stand up for exchange programs?

Please write to your representatives to let them know that supporting international exchanges, like the International Visitor Leadership Program, is smart policy because it is cost-effective and has a lasting positive impact in the U.S. and abroad!

Download a sample advocacy letter here.

Iowa Senators


Charles Grassley- R

Cedar Rapids Office:

7th Avenue SE, Box 13
Suite 6800
Cedar Rapids, IA 52401
Phone: (319) 363-6832
Fax: (319) 363-7179

Washington DC Office:

135 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington DC 20510

Phone: (202) 224-3744
Fax: (202) 224-6020


Joni Ernst- R

Cedar Rapids Office:
111 Seventh Avenue SE
Suite 480
Cedar Rapids, IA 52401
Phone: (319) 365-4504
Fax: (319) 365-4683

Washington DC Office:
111 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington DC 20510
Phone: (202) 224-3254
Fax: (202) 224-9369

Iowa Congressional Representatives


Washington DC Office:

1429 Longworth House Office Building

Washington, DC  20515

Phone: (202) 225-2911

Dubuque District Office

1050 Main St.

Dubuque, IA  52001

Phone: (563) 557-7789

Ashley Hinson- R 1st District

Cedar Rapids Office:

118 Third Avenue SE

Suite 206

Cedar Rapids, IA  52401

Phone: (319) 364-2288

Waterloo District Office

521A Lafayette Street

Waterloo, IA   50703

Phone: (319) 266-6925


Mariannette Miller-Meeks- R 2nd District

Washington DC Office:

1716 Longworth House Office Building

Washington, DC  20515

Phone: (202) 225-6576


Cindy Axne- D 3rd District

Des Moines Office:

400 East Court Ave

Suite 346

Des Moines, IA 50309

Phone: (515) 400-8180

Council Bluffs Office:

501 5th Ave

Council Bluffs, IA 51503

Phone: (712) 890-3117

Washington DC Office:

1034 Longworth HOB

Washington, DC 20515

Phone: (202) 225-5476

Creston Office:

208 West Taylor

Creston, IA 50801

Phone: (641) 278-1828

People-to-people exchanges build a more peaceful world order by breaking down stereotypes. Through citizen diplomacy, CIVIC:

  • permits local students to learn about different cultures

  • promotes mutual understanding across national borders

  • creates opportunities for community residents to expand their world by engaging in people-to-people exchanges

International exchanges strengthen American security. Did you know that there are one million exchange program alumni around the world?

  • 1,700 alumni are government ministers

  • 364 alumni are current and former heads of state

Not surprisingly, U.S. ambassadors and military leaders say exchanges are essential to our security.

CIVIC’s program impacts our local economy and the nation’s prosperity.

  • The Global Ties network alone created $57 million dollars in positive national economic impact in fiscal year 2015.

  • Locally, in 2018, CIVIC booked 609 hotel rooms for international visitors. Visitors stay, dine, and shop in our community.

  • CIVIC introduces local business and organizational leaders to their professional peers and potential customers from around the globe.

International exchanges are smart policy

This funding provides a positive return on every dollar spent. Through volunteerism and member support—across the country—organizations in the Global Ties network, like CIVIC, turn every $1 of federal funds into $5.85.

Why advocate for change?

Lend your voice to support positive global engagement!


Randy Feenstra- R 4th District

Sioux City Office:

320 6th Street

Room 112

Sioux City, IA  51101

Phone: (712) 224-4692

Fort Dodge Office:

723 Central Avenue

Fort Dodge, IA  50501

Phone: (515) 302-7060

Washington DC Office:

1440 Longworth House Office Building

Washington, DC  20515

Phone: (202) 225-4426

Fax: (202) 225-3193

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