Throughout our history, United Way has done extraordinary work to improve people’s lives and build strong communities. With our focus on community impact, United Way has a key role to play in advocating for good public policy. Without community input, our priorities in Education, Financial Stability and Health will lose critical government policy and funding support.

Join us and advocate for an Education, Financial Stability, Health or nonprofit strengthening issue that you are passionate about. Your community needs you to have an impact on public policy decisions. Advocating in your community does not simply mean lobbying on a specific piece of legislation.

There are many ways that you can advocate. See below for ways you can create social change in your local community.

Speak Out

Contact your representative in Congress about an Education, Financial Stability, Health or nonprofit strengthening issue. Find out who your local representatives are by clicking here.

Be informed

Learn how your community ranks in academic attainment, income stability and health. Use the United Way Common Good Forecaster, a powerful online tool that lets people see for themselves how improving the education level has a positive impact on several key economic and social measures.

Engage with your community

Host a community conversation with your friends, coworkers or neighbors. Learn about what people say are their aspirations for your community and talk about how you can work together to address challenges.

Raise Awareness About a Cause

Use social media tools to educate your friends and networks about an issue you care about.

United Ways of California 2023 Capitol Day Conference 

This April, our UWNC team convened with staff from local United Ways across California at the 2023 Capitol Day conference. Our teams connected to learn from each other and advocate together for our communities. We met with legislators to talk about current bills that cover topics such as tax return benefits for low-income families, how we can support the 2-1-1 helplines across the state and more.

We are so thankful for this opportunity and look forward to connecting again with local United Ways and state legislators to make California the best it can be for all of our residents!