Advocate for Disability Issues

As a nonprofit organization, grassroots advocacy is an important part of Opportunity Partners’ mission in order to influence outcomes that directly affect the lives of the people we serve. Grassroots advocacy increases our capacity to build influence and create change in Minnesota’s public policy.

These efforts bring together many people who share the same cause and who work for that cause from the ground up, creating a groundswell of voices.

Grassroots advocacy happens at the Capitol with our legislators, in the community with our friends and neighbors, and in the workplace as we advocate for the rights of people with disabilities. Grassroots advocacy, by its very nature, is something that is continuous.

Hot topics:

It’s Official! The 5% increase is now law!

Governor Mark Dayton has signed the supplemental funding bill into law that includes a five percent increase for Home and Community-Based Services. Providers of these community services for people with disabilities and older Minnesotans will receive a five percent rate increase beginning July 1, 2014.

Thank you for your advocacy and persistence – it has paid off!


The 5% Campaign is a nonpartisan coalition working together to ask state legislators for a 5% rate increase for disability and elderly home and community based services in 2014. Join the cause by talking to your legislators about this initiative. “Like” The 5% Campaign Facebook page where updates and additional ways to get involved will be posted. Check out details about The 5% Campaign on ARRM’s Web site. You can also show your support by signing the online petition.

Video footage – 5% Campaign Town Hall Forums

5% Campaign Rally 11/12/13 – photos

View media links, resources and more on our 5% Campaign Pinterest Board:

Opportunity Partners on Pinterest.

If you have questions about how to get involved in grassroots & self-advocacy or would like to know more, contact our Public Policy & Advocacy Associate Alicia Munson at or 952-930-7696.


C.O.A.L. (Committee of Advocacy and Leadership)

Meet your legislators in the community. Check the legislative websites for events to attend.

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