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 Way women leaders throughout California received a standing ovation on the Senate floor in the Spring of 2015 for their innovative approach to tackling community-wide issues through Collective Impact. The United Way of Northern California's Prosperity Initiative is one such example. Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson presented the Proclamation. To her left are UWNC's former President & CEO Wendy Zanotelli, former Prosperity Coordinator Kelsey Cupples, and Development Director Phylicia Snow. Congratulations and thank you to the many North State organizations and individuals that are partnering together in the Prosperity Initiative.