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Advocate

With our focus on impacting communities, United Way plays a key role in advocating for good public policy. Without community input, our priorities in Education, Income and Health will lose critical government policy and funding support.

Join us and advocate for an Education, Income, Health or nonprofit strengthening issue that you are passionate about. Your community needs you to have an impact on public policy decisions. Advocating in your community does not simply mean lobbying on a specific piece of legislation.

There are many ways that you can advocate. See below to learn how you can make a meaningful impact in your local community.


Speak Out

Contact your representative in Congress about an Education, Income, or Health issue.

·        EDUCATION: CONTACT CONGRESS TODAY IN SUPPORT OF EARLY CHILDHOOD PROGRAMS

·        INCOME: CONTACT CONGRESS TODAY IN SUPPORT OF TAX ASSISTANCE FOR MIDDLE AND LOW-INCOME FAMILIES

·        HEALTH: CONTACT CONGRESS TODAY TO PROTECT CHILDREN'S HEALTH COVERAGE

Learn more about United Way’s public policy priorities


Be Informed

Learn how your community ranks in academic attainment, income stability and health. Use the United Way Common Good Forecaster, a powerful online tool that lets people see for themselves how improving the education level has a positive impact on several key economic and social measures.


Engage With Your Community

Host a community conversation with your friends, coworkers or neighbors. Learn about what people say are their aspirations for your community and talk about how you can work together to address challenges. Read the Harwood Institute Community Conversation Guide. (.pdf)