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Improving education, income, and health requires lending our voices.  LIVE UNITED is not about Democrat vs. Republican; it’s about understanding our nation’s crises and coming together to solve them.

EDUCATION

Research shows preschool-age years are critical for cognitive and social development, laying a foundation for success in college, work and life.  To effectively reduce the high school dropout rate, we must begin by improving access to quality and affordable child care and early childhood education. Funding for child care, Head Start, and Early Head Start is at immediate risk for deep budget cuts.  With your help, we can show a broad base of national, state, and local support for investments in early childhood.  

CLICK HERE TO CONTACT CONGRESS TODAY IN SUPPORT OF EARLY CHILDHOOD PROGRAMS.

Voices for America’s Children is the nation’s largest network of multi-issue child advocacy organizations. Our nonprofit, nonpartisan network spans almost every state, the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands. We lead advocacy efforts at the community, state and federal levels to improve the lives of all children, especially those most vulnerable, and their families.  Add to the voice at:

www.voices.org or www.vakids.org



INCOME

The BEST Coalition, through its Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program, offers tax help, free of charge, to middle and low-income individuals and married couples.  VITA helps ensure financial stability by maximizing use of existing tax code benefits and incentives, such as the Earned Income Tax Credit.  IRS trained, certified volunteers are trained to prepare basic tax returns in communities across the country. Legislation establishing a Community Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Matching Program (VITA grant program) is expected to be re-introduced in the 112th Congress.  Join the United Way’s efforts to advocate.

CLICK HERE TO CONTACT CONGRESS TODAY IN SUPPORT OF TAX ASSISTANCE FOR MIDDLE AND LOW-INCOME FAMILIES


HEALTH

The United Way system’s 10-year health goal is to increase by one-third the number of youth and adults who are healthy and avoid risky behavior. By 2018, 45% of youth and 47% of adults will be healthy and avoid risky behaviors, up from 34% of youth and 35% of adults in 2005.

To accomplish this goal, United Way will focus on the following policy priorities:

1)     Increasing Children’s Health Coverage

2)     Preserving Healthy Start Program Funding

3) Improving Child and Maternal Nutrition


CAPACITY

Currently available in 80% of the country, 2-1-1 is an easy-to-remember number that helps people cut through what can be a confusing and overwhelming maze of information and resources. 2-1-1 helps people assess their needs and links them directly to the resources that will help. Whether a person is contemplating starting a small business, looking for volunteer opportunities in his/her community or seeking information on essential services, 2-1-1 is there to help.

We need your help to ensure federal 2-1-1 legislation passes this year. While the bill (H.R. 211 in the House, S. 211 in the Senate) enjoys significant bi-partisan support, members of Congress need to hear from you, their constituents, in order to ensure the bill is considered and passed. Your voice will truly make a difference. 

United Way will strongly support policy initiatives that seek to strengthen the nonprofit sector through expansion of the 2-1-1 system, tax policy, and policy incentives and regulations that encourage philanthropy and volunteerism.

CLICK HERE TO ASK YOUR REPRESENTATIVE FOR THEIR SUPPORT.


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