Metro United Way Press Room

Because policymakers are critical partners in promoting health, education, workforce development and human services, Metro United Way actively engages in public policy. Our work in public policy is one way Metro United Way brings community impact to scale by:

  • Investing in public policy advocacy partners to build grassroots and coalition advocacy to advance the common good
  • Educating policy makers by bringing research based practices and privately funded pilot results to drive smart public policy in education, financial stability and health
  • Engaging business, labor, nonprofits and volunteer advocates to help find policy common ground on our priority issues

Advocate

CHAMPION THE CAUSE:

TAKE THE CHANGE THE ODDS PLEDGE

Demonstrate your support for children and families. There are many ways to get involved by raising your voice and lending a hand. Start today by taking the Change the Odds pledge and LIVE UNITED.

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BLUEPRINT FOR KENTUCKY'S CHILDREN

The Blueprint for Kentucky’s Children believes all children should have the opportunity to succeed.

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REGISTER TO VOTE

Exercise your right to vote by taking the first step of registering in Kentucky or Indiana.

CONTACT YOUR LEGISLATORS

Reach out and advocate on behalf of Metro United Way by contacting your Legislators about our important policy efforts in Kentucky or Indiana.

WRITE A LETTER TO
YOUR LOCAL NEWSPAPER

Craft a letter to share with your local newspaper in Kentucky or Indiana.

JOIN THE DIGITAL CONVERSATION

Join the conversation on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or LinkedIn and educate your networks on what you care about, find your voice and join our social media "street team" as a digital advocate or learn about what people think at our blog and talk about how we can accomplish more together than any one alone.

METRO UNITED WAY'S PUBLIC POLICY PRIORITIES:

School Readiness

  • Increase affordable, quality childcare and preschool through a diverse delivery model of preschools; community based childcare providers including Head Start, Early Start and Pre-Kindergarten
  • Improve and expand state home visiting programs
  • Adoption of the Strengthening Families Framework to support parents knowledge of their child's development
  • Access to Child Care Assistance

High School Graduation

  • Improvement and expansion of quality Out-of-School Time programing
  • Adoption of an Adjusted Cohort Graduation Rate Calculation
  • Dropout prevention and recovery

Healthy Lives

  • Strengthen and expand access to 2-1-1
  • Reauthorize Children's Health Insurance (CHIP)
  • Implementation of Health Care Laws

Family Financial Stability

  • Maintain and expand Earned Income Tax Credit
  • Maintain and streamline access to work support programs including Medicaid and Food stamps
  • Protect and fully fund Supplemental Nutrition Assistance (SNAP), Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), Temporary Assistance for Need Families (TANF), Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP), Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit, Special Supplemental Nutrition program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC), National School Lunch Program, the School Breakfast Program, and the Summer Food Service Program
  • Statewide minimum wage
  • Payday Lending Legislation

Other

  • Endorse Local Investments for Transformation (LIFT)
  • Protect Charitable Giving in the Federal Tax Code
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