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 and eliminating predatory lending policies.
- HIGH QUALITY PRE-K | We support the continued expansion of state funding, and elimination of service need requirements for high-quality pre-K to ensure children in poverty and ALICE households (200% + FPL) have access to a quality education.
- 2-1-1 | We advocate for sustaining and expanding state funding for the 2-1-1 network in all Indiana counties at a level that enables the service quality required to support people effectively in their time of need.