Advocate

Making our voice heard! United Way Advocacy Week of Action, Aug 21-25, 2017

As members of Congress return home for August Recess, United Way Worldwide is coordinating a week-long campaign to rally for health, education and financial stability initiatives nationwide. United Ways, supporters and caring citizens are joining together to send a strong message to policymakers to create opportunity for all. The House Recess is scheduled from July 28 – September 4 and the Senate Recess has been shortened to August 14 – September 4.

During that week, we will try to meet with our congressional representatives and tell them about United Way’s work and program priorities. We hope share with them progress on bringing 211 to DeKalb County, and our desire for equitable school funding, tax support for low income families, and continuing progress regarding health care for our most vulnerable. We aim to talk with officials about our statewide legislative agenda in these areas, and ask for their commitment to advancing health, financial stability and education in their district. For details about our statewide public policy agenda, click here.

Our advocacy work provides objective information to key decision-makers and the community about the health & human service needs of individuals and families in DeKalb County. Strengthening the quality of services in this area is paramount to our mission. There are local, state & federal policies that impact day-to-day operations of the agencies that provide vital services to our community. We advocate for policies that help ensure children succeed in school, individuals live healthy lives, and everyone has the opportunity to achieve financial well-being.

You Can Be an Advocate!

Here are seven ways in which you can advocate for change:

  1. Know the issues. Educate yourself about the basics.
  2. Build strong relationships. Collaborating with others can amplify the impact to strengthen community & use resources more effectively.
  3. Get others involved.
    Encourage colleagues to get involved to advance the cause.
  4. Engage your local elected officials. By bringing awareness to local leaders, you can influence decisions.
  5. Personally meet with your legislator. The personal touch is crucial, & brings a face to your issues.
  6. Involve the media. Media attention can have a huge impact in creating awareness & promoting a cause.  Consider letters to the editor or media outreach.
  7. Get on the internet. Using online tools to share facts about a problem, communicate with supporters & allies, mobilize action, create a forum for discussion, raise funds, reach the media or educate the public.

Advocacy at the Local Level

We work closely with our partner agencies on emerging issues for which we can provide assistance.

Know Your Officials:

Find your legislators in the United States Senate
Find your legislators in the US House of Representatives
Register to Vote in Illinois Information

Advocacy at the State Level

Kishwaukee United Way is a partner of the United Way of Illinois in supporting health & human services work across the state. This partnership serves thousands of Illinois citizens. We support legislation on issues that will improve the lives of citizens.

United Way of Illinois Advocacy information

Advocacy at the Federal Level

On federal policy issues, Kishwaukee United Way follows the lead and recommendations of United Way Worldwide. When a federal issue impacts DeKalb County, we ensure our federal delegation is aware of the issue and work with them to find an appropriate method of advocacy. For example, in the past, we have worked with our congressional delegation to advocate for the Emergency Food and Shelter Program and the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP).

United Way Worldwide Public Policy information

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