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Public Policy and Advocacy

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Policy change can be big or small. It can be petitioning your school board to require healthier cafeteria meals. It can be urging your government to invest more in schools, or make child tax credits permanent, or make more children eligible for health insurance. Or it can be mobilizing your contacts to speak out on a critical cause, in person or online.

United Way galvanizes people to speak out for change.  We're amplifying individuals’ voices on important community issues. As the largest privately-funded nonprofit in the world, we provide a platform for people to take meaningful action that makes a difference.


United Way's Policy Work

United Way’s Policy Agenda for the 115th Congress helps fulfill our obligation to assist policy-makers in crafting the best possible governmental policies in the areas of education, financial stability and health, while also tackling important policies that strengthen communities at-large.


Ohio Policy Work

Ohio United Way is committed to being at the forefront of public policy issues facing United Ways across the state. To better serve the United Way community throughout Ohio, they have published a set of five “White Papers” dealing with issues including Education, Hunger & Shelter, Employment & Financial Stability, Healthcare and Ohio 2-1-1.  United Way of Portage County supports these public policy issues as we hope to improve the lives of our county's residents that would be impacted by this important legislation.  

Ohio Legislative Priority: Education

Ohio Legislative Priority: Income

Ohio Legislative Priority: Health

Ohio Legislative Priority: Ohio 2-1-1


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