People often hear the word “advocacy” and think of professional lobbyists. Advocacy is much more than lobbying – and anyone can be an advocate!
It can be as simple as posting a tweet in support of a policy or emailing your legislator about an issue that matters to you.
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.
Find out who represents you and tell them what is important to our community.
United Way is doing amazing advocacy work with their recent ALICE report. Read more about what ALICE is, and who this report primarily affects.
Looking to get involved with the ALICE report or United Way's advocacy work? Contact Malcolm Furgol at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Advocating for ALICE 2020
For over 80 years United Way of Frederick County (UWFC) has fought for the health, education and financial stability of every person in our community. In Frederick County today, 39% of households struggle to afford the basic household necessities. These households are one step away from spiraling into poverty.
The ALICE Report for Maryland has changed the way that UWFC approaches community needs and works to solve them. ALICE (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, and Employed) shows the true baseline cost of living of each county in Maryland. The report shows that it costs more to afford the combined annual cost of basic housing, child care, food, transportation, health care and other necessities in Frederick County than in any other county in Maryland. Based on these and other compelling needs, UWFC has compiled this 2020 Advocacy Platform.
Make more affordable housing options available
Support and expand positive public health outcomes in substance abuse recovery
Set education as a top priority for public investment
Change child welfare laws to best care for unaccompanied homeless youth
Increase access to affordable transportation options
Ensure that the $200,000 appropriation for Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) remains in the FY21 state budget
Increase the supply and accessibility of quality child care for families
Increase support for veteran services and improve data on veteran needs
About United Way of Frederick County
United Way of Frederick County (UWFC) fights for the health, education and financial stability of every person in the Frederick County community. In 2017, UWFC produced the ALICE (Asset-Limited, Income-Constrained, Employed) Report for Frederick County, which identifies that nearly 40% of households can no longer afford to live in Frederick County. UWFC’s investments and programs are aligned to support and increase the financial stability of ALICE households.
UWFC partners include global, national and local businesses, nonprofits, government, civic and faith-based organizations, along with educators, health providers, senior citizens, students, and others. The organization provides grants to local nonprofits, offers programs such as free tax preparation and matched savings through the Prosperity Center, mobilizes volunteers, and engages in public policy advocacy. To learn more about United Way of Frederick County and how one can get involved, please visit UnitedWayFrederick.org.