United Way’s advocacy work is focused on creating positive change in education, income, and health public policies by:
- Developing relationships with elected officials from both parties at all levels of government.
- Sharing what we have learned from our initiatives and heard from the community.
- Focusing on where we align with others and working with allies to collectively drive change.
Advocacy goes beyond volunteering and giving in order to drive long-term policy changes. More than 700 local United Way Advocates communicate UWMD’s priorities to policymakers and advocate for improvements to current policies.
United Way’s policy priorities align with the community’s ten-year goals and builds on the work we are doing in the community.
We advocate for quality early childhood education
We advocate for fair lending practices
We advocate for proven practices that prevent and reduce obesity