Give your voice.
Advocacy is a call to action. It is speaking for those who haven’t found their voice. Your support creates awareness around issues that affect Allen County. People cannot solve problems that they cannot see.
United Way of Allen County engages in public policy advocacy because it expands our community footprint and advances solutions for families that are working hard but struggling to survive. By participating in public policy efforts that coincide with the human service work currently being done in Allen County, United Way can significantly increase the investment made to our community and its residents.
As a nearly 100-year-old pillar of the Allen County community—we have firsthand experience to help guide policymakers as they tackle impossible problems. We are dedicated to being good stewards of the time, resources, and staff available for public policy work. We work with United Way Worldwide to create a unified voice on specific policy issues. For additional policy work, we maintain a strong stance of support for the work already being done by other community-minded leaders and organizations.
Our priority issues are:
- FAIR LENDING PRACTICES | We advocate for capping the annual percentage rate for consumer loans at 36 percent, eliminating predatory lending policies, and expanding programs that improve financial wellness.
- AFFORDABLE HOUSING | We advocate for increased access to stable, affordable, safe housing so families have better access to living-wage jobs and more to spend on groceries, health care and education for themselves and their children.
- COMPLETE COUNT CENSUS | We will work to assure the success of the local 2020 Census efforts to help ensure every Allen County resident is counted, especially our hardest-to-count residents that include young children and ALICE households.