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Advocacy is about more than signing petitions or writing letters to elected officials. It's about understanding the issues, speaking up and promoting them to your family, friends and neighbors.
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Speak up and stand strong as someone who knows how to Live United. Wear the Live United shirt proudly in your community. Add the cause to your Facebook profile. Let your voice be heard and show the world what it means to Live United.
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Several bills are already working their way through Capital Hill to help improve the quality of life for everyone living in the United States. Click here to visit United Way of America's Public Policy page and learn more about how you can work with the government to advance the common good.
Check out the Indiana Association of United Way's (IaUW) regular Public Policy Online Updates.
One of the easiest ways to affect change in your community is by voting. Whether the issue be local, regional, or national, your vote is one way to raise your voice in support of your community.
The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) is the most effective anti-poverty program in the United States. EITC helps to advance the common good in communities by encouraging work, reducing poverty, helping families meet basic needs, and improving children’s academic achievement. Additionally, the Child Tax Credit (CTC) can help to reduce child poverty by boosting credit per child and allowing families’ access to the refundable component of the credit when earnings surpass a certain amount.
United Way is encouraging you to weigh-in with important members of Congress in support of EITC and CTC. United Ways across the nation support both EITC and CTC, which help working families become financially stable.
By protecting EITC and CTC, you can help working families. United Way has been actively engaged in the tax policy debate, has worked exclusively with tax policy issues, and has been leading the sector-wide effort to preserve the charitable deduction.
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The Indiana General Assembly enacted legislation (IC 8‐1‐19.5) in 2004 that encouraged the State to support 2‐1‐1 and created an account at the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission (IURC). The IURC issued orders to authorize Indiana 2-1-1 Partnership, a nonprofit organization, to develop, implement and oversee 2‐1‐1 for Indiana. The IN General Assembly enacted multiple laws to encourage the State to use 2‐1‐1, study its cost‐effectiveness and clarify that the IURC retains responsibilities over 2‐1‐1. State agencies routinely refer to 2‐1‐1 and utilize its data, but do not fund 2‐1‐1.
Indiana 2-1-1 Partnership has developed a cost‐effective model for service delivery and is now statewide, serving over 400,000 Hoosier callers annually. Indiana’s 2-1-1 Centers are supported by United Way, corporate and philanthropic foundations and other grants.
Read the full testimony here.
comprehensive child care background checks
Comprehensive background checks, HB1494 and SB114, for child care passed first chambers with strong support. IaUW is working with legislators and early education advocates to make modest changes so the final result will protect children, which will likely be in HB1494. Expect a 2nd reading amendment. See our Testimony on background checks.