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:
- Tax credits for low-income workers | We support preserving and expanding working family tax credits such as the state Earned Income Tax Credits (EITC) and the Child Tax Credit (CTC).
- Early childhood learning and development | We support proven home visiting programs and access to affordable, high-quality early care and learning as part of a comprehensive, holistic approach to preparing children age birth to five for success in school and life.
- Fair and affordable lending products for Hoosiers | We advocate for protections to prevent consumers from falling into debt traps and being set up to fail with loan payments that they are unable to repay.
- Healthcare | We seek to ensure people have the resources and support for their well-being, so they can be successful in school, productive at work, and support their families.