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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.

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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.

Tax Reform 

As Congress contemplates an overhaul of the tax code, United Way is weighing in to on solutions that create more opportunity for children, families and communities.  Tax policies that advance the common good include: charitable giving incentives, the Earned Income Tax Credit, Child Tax Credit and Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program.  Check out United Way’s submission to the U.S. Senate Finance Committee outlining our priorities in reform.

VOLUNTEER INCOME TAX ASSISTANCE (VITA)

VITA leverages volunteer power so that millions of Americans can access free quality tax preparation, asset-building resources and financial education services. We’re asking Congress to shore up support for this vital public-private partnership to build financial stability in communities around the country.  Check out the sign-on letter we led with CFED and a recent Huffington Post piece by our U.S. President, Stacey D. Stewart.