1. Background

Frequently Asked Questions About Spring Lobby Weekend

March 28-31, 2020 in Washington, D.C.

By Annie Chiorazzi, Justin Hurdle

Below are answers to some frequently asked questions about Spring Lobby Weekend, covering topics such as registration, housing, financial support, and lobbying.

If you cannot find the answer to your question here or want further information, please email annie@fcnl.org.

Frequently Asked Question Topics: Registration | Cost | Registration Deadline | What's Covered? | Who Can Attend? | Group Registration | Housing | Financial Aid | Schedule | Meals and Dietary Restrictions | Cancellations and Refunds | Location and Getting Around | Dress Code

How do I register?

You can register online any time before March 19, 2020. After that, only in-person registration will be available.

If you are registering as part of a delegation, each person must still register individually and indicate their group from either the dropdown list provided on the form or by writing it in in the indicated field.

Please note that payment must be completed by you or your delegation, unless other arrangements are made through FCNL, in order for your registration to be complete. It does not have to happen at the same time as when you submit your registration, but it does have to happen before the event.

How much does registration cost?

Registration costs $50 (with a $25 option for those with low incomes).

To make Spring Lobby Weekend accessible to as many young adults as possible, FCNL heavily subsidizes the full cost of the event—which comes out to over $500 per person. We ask that attendees pay what they are able.

When does registration close?

Online registration will close at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 19. On-site registration will be available after that point.

What does registration cover?

Registration covers breakfast and lunch on Saturday, Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday, as well as all program materials.

Registration does not cover travel, housing, dinners, or local transportation.

Is the event only for young adults?

The event is primarily designed for and focused on young adults. However, you do not have to be a young adult to attend. There will be opportunities for those not attending Spring Lobby Weekend to support the lobbying happening in D.C. by taking action at home.

Can high school students/those under 18 attend Spring Lobby Weekend?

Young adults under the age of 18 are welcome to attend Spring Lobby Weekend. However, given issues of liability, all minors must have a signed permission form that appoints an adult (someone over 18) as being responsible for the under-age individual.

The form must indicate that their parents/legal guardians grant permission for the adult who is attending Spring Lobby Weekend to be legally responsible for the minor. Additionally, the individual who is named as being legally responsible must attend the entirety of the event. Those under 18 must fill out and submit this form.

Those under 18 must fill out and submit this form.

How can I register a group?

The registration form linked above provides the option to identify if you are coming as part of a group. Please instruct all members of your group to either select the group name in the drop-down menu, or fill the name in uniformly.

Is there housing available?

FCNL has reserved housing at a local hostel and various other locations to accommodate as many attendees as possible. These accommodations, however, are limited.

Due to the limits of the housing we can provide, we will be giving preference to group reservations over individual reservations to accommodate as many attendees as possible.

There are a few separate locations, but generally, this housing will cost $50/night per person. If you are interested in learning more about housing, please reach out to Annie Chiorazzi at annie@fcnl.org. In addition to the housing reserved by FCNL, some other affordable resources to check out are:

Is there financial assistance available?

Yes! In order to apply, please check out our Financial Assistance page.

FCNL offers a limited amount of financial assistance to young adults. This assistance is based on a combination of factors including need, travel costs, housing costs (FCNL has limited housing available for $50/night), and responses to the questions in our financial assistance surveys. Award amounts are specific to each person or group.

Please note that due to budget limitations, we give strong preference to group financial aid over individual financial aid. For questions, please contact Annie Chiorazzi at annie@fcnl.org.

What is the schedule?

You can find the most up to date schedule for the event on the main Spring Lobby Weekend page. As we finalize more details, this schedule will be updated.

When should I arrive and depart?

  • Arrival: Registration will open at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 28 and programming will begin promptly at noon. We recommend arriving at the National Press Club by 11:00 a.m. in order to allow time for registration.
  • Departure: Lobby visits will be scheduled on Monday and Tuesday, depending on individual offices’ availability. If you are booking your transportation, we recommend booking no earlier than 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 31 as lobby visits with your representatives (rather than their staff) are more likely on Tuesday.

What meals are included?

Breakfast and lunch on Saturday, Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday are included in your registration fee. Dinners are on your own.

I have a dietary restriction. What do I do?

You may note your dietary restrictions on your registration form. We do our best to cater to dietary restrictions; however, we are limited in our ability to do so while still charging $50 for registration.

What is your cancellation/refund policy?

You may receive a refund for your registration or housing payments until Friday, March 20. We will not be providing refunds after that date. No refunds will be given after the conclusion of Spring Lobby Weekend.

Where is the event being held?

On Saturday, Sunday, and Monday, we will be at the National Press Club (529 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20045). On lobby day, we will be based out of the Lutheran Church of the Reformation on Capitol Hill (212 East Capitol Street NE, Washington, DC 20003).

How do I get around DC?

Washington, D.C. is one of the most walkable cities in the country. Additionally, all sites are relatively Metro accessible. Get more information on D.C.’s transit system..

What should I wear?

Casual dress is acceptable for the portions of the event when you are not lobbying. For lobby visits, we strongly advise professional attire; however, it is up to your personal preference. March weather is unpredictable, so we recommend dressing in layers and bringing sweaters. Please note that it is impossible to control the temperature of the meeting spaces to fit everyone’s individual preferences.

I have questions. Who should I Contact?

For questions about scheduling your lobby visit, contact Justin Hurdle, FCNL's Organizing Strategy Associate.

For all other questions related to Spring Lobby Weekend, contact Annie Chiorazzi.

Event Spring Lobby Weekend 2020 

Saturday, March 28 to Tuesday, March 31 in Washington, D.C.

At Spring Lobby Weekend 2020, hundreds of students, recent grads, Quakers, and young adults will come to Washington, D.C. to lobby Congress on one critical issue—climate change.

Annie Chiorazzi

  • Events Manager

Annie organizes and executes FCNL’s major events including the Quaker Public Policy Institute, Annual Meeting, and Spring Lobby Weekend. These events host hundreds of Quakers and like-minded folk from around the country to come together to discern our advocacy priorities for the upcoming year and to lobby for passage of legislation in keeping with Quaker values.

Justin Hurdle

  • Organizing Strategy Associate

Justin Hurdle is a member of the strategic advocacy team, working closely with FCNL’s communications and data teams. Justin is focused on moving Friends who are already engaged in digital advocacy to become active off-line advocates lobbying their elected leaders on FCNL’s legislative priorities.