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

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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.

JOIN THE DIGITAL CONVERSATION

Find your voice and join the conversation on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, or our blog to educate your networks on what you care about and how they can be a part of it; become a digital advocate as a member of our social media "street team"!

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
  • Expand access to Child Care Assistance Program and preschool to all children at or below 200 percent of the federal poverty level

High School Graduation

  • Improvement and expansion of quality Out-of-School Time programming
  • Support dropout prevention and recovery

Healthy Lives

  • Strengthen and expand access to 2-1-1
  • Implementation of Health Care Laws

Family Financial Stability

  • Ensure as many families as possible have access to home visiting and parent support programs like HANDS
  • Raise Child Care Assistance Program reimbursement rates to meet current market rates
  • Maintain and expand Earned Income Tax Credit
  • 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
  • Maintain and streamline access to work support programs including Medicaid and SNAP benefits
  • Payday Lending Legislation

Other

  • Protect Charitable Giving in the Federal Tax Code
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