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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 friends 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 Public Policy and Advocacy Work

United Way’s Policy Agenda for the United States 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.

Review our policy priorities to advance the fight for the health, education, and financial stability of every person in every community.

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Get Ready to Vote

Your vote is your voice. Are you ready to vote in 2020? United Way has launched the United We Count, United We Vote campaign to help people be civically engaged and vote. Use our Vote United election information center to make your voice heard this election.

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United Way’s COVID-19 Advocacy Response

United Way Worldwide has been advocating for comprehensive support for the nonprofit sector and the communities across the U.S. in federal coronavirus relief legislation. Thousands of United Way advocates raised their voices through e-mails, calls, and tweets at the end of March in support of nonprofits on the frontlines of the pandemic and children, workers, and families. Congress listened!

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act and the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act each included major wins for United Way’s priorities. This legislation supports millions of families and communities through nutrition supports, paid sick leave, health care coverage for necessary COVID-19 testing, expanded unemployment benefits, increased funding for the Emergency Food and Shelter Program, relief to small businesses, incentives to encourage charitable giving to local solutions, and much more. Read our blog for more details.

But the fight is not finished.

United Way Worldwide and individuals across the country are continuing to advocate to shore up programs-- like 211, increased Medicaid funding for states, an expanded Earned Income Tax Credit and Child Tax Credit, increased monthly Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits and much more -- that enable access to services and build financial stability. 

460 United Way CEOs from all 50 states and the District of Columbia sent a letter to Congress urging them to prioritize investments in policies and community supports that help unemployed workers manage financially, provide a safety net for our most vulnerable populations, ease the financial burden of employers, and help families unable to maintain proper childcare as schools shut down. Read the letter here.

Fight for America’s Recovery

Congress must act now to support policies that help communities recover from the devastation caused by the pandemic, including helping feed those facing food insecurity, connecting those in financial distress with resources to make ends meet and providing childcare to parents that are getting back to work. Send an email now!

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