Policy change can be big or small. It can be petitioning your school board to require healthier cafeteria meals. It can be urging your government to invest more in schools, or make child tax credits permanent, or make more children eligible for health insurance. Or it can be mobilizing your contacts to speak out on a critical cause, in person or online.
United Way galvanizes people to speak out for change. We're amplifying individuals’ voices on important community issues. As the largest privately-funded nonprofit in the world, we provide a platform for people to take meaningful action that makes a difference.
United Way's Policy Work
United Way’s Policy Agenda for the 116th Congress helps fulfill our obligation to assist policy-makers in crafting the best possible governmental policies in the areas of health, education, and financial stability, while also tackling important policies that strengthen communities at-large.
SUPPLEMENTAL NUTRITION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (SNAP)
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is the nation’s largest anti-hunger program. We applaud Congress for passing a bipartisan Farm Bill, which protects and strengths SNAP. SNAP provides access to food for those who cannot afford it. It's an important temporary lifeline for millions of Americans – mostly children, seniors and veterans – many of whom are in school or work but can’t make ends meet. Join us in thanking Congress for reaching a bipartisan compromise that will enable millions to continue to access essential food support.
VOLUNTEER INCOME TAX ASSISTANCE (VITA)
VITA leverages volunteer power so that millions of Americans can access free quality tax preparation, asset-building resources and financial education services. We’re asking Congress to shore up support for this vital public-private partnership to build financial stability in communities around the country. Check out how local United Ways are leveraging VITA volunteers to support millions of Americans and return millions of dollars to communities.
CHARITABLE GIVING INCENTIVES
The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act has drastically impacted charitable giving for 21 million Americans and will damage the very fabric of the charitable sector and our communities. Fewer charitable donations means fewer resources to fund private food banks, homeless or domestic violence shelters, provide daycare, or job training. United Way is continuing to weigh in to on solutions that support American values of giving by expanding charitable giving tax benefits. Join us in asking Congress to protect charitable giving and fight for charities.