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Advocacy

United Way works to advance the common good by focusing on the three building blocks for a good quality of life — education, financial stability and health. We are recruiting people and organizations from all across the community who bring the passion, expertise and resources needed to get things done, and we need you to join us. You can give, you can advocate and you can volunteer. When we work together in common purpose, we LIVE UNITED.

What does it mean to advocate for the work we do?

It means recognizing that whether or not I know a child on the other side of town, it matters to me if that child grows up to be a contributing member of this community. High dropout rates affect the wellbeing of our entire community.

It means understanding that when any part of this community is struggling financially, it affects prosperity for us all.

It means seeing that drug addiction, teen pregnancy and family violence are problems that ripple throughout our community and that we can work together to address the conditions that contribute to these problems.

Because I have a stake in my community, I have a stake in all these things, and a responsibility to do my part.

I can use my voice and my vote to speak up for education funding, for fair wages, for prevention programs for physical and mental health… I can make a difference.

Florida United Way Consensus Legislative Agenda

The United Way of Florida’s 2017 Florida United Way Consensus Legislative Agenda, represents the sixth year Florida’s United Ways have joined together in a unified effort to advocate for legislative issues of critical importance to the communities they serve throughout the state.  The guiding principles underlying the Agenda include urging Florida Legislators to use a scalpel if the budget needs cutting, to maximize federal revenues, to support the authority of local government and communities to determine the best use of resources, and to focus on prevention.

The 2017 Legislative Agenda three United Way priority issues:

  • EDUCATION

  • FINANCIAL STABILITY

  • HEALTH

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