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Greater Twin Cities United Way is uniquely positioned to amplify community voices. Together we can amplify community voices, elevate research and educate lawmakers on systemic issues that lead to inequities. We can all work toward solutions that have the power to bring transformative change to our community.

Fueling Change Through Advocacy

Informed by the people who are most impacted by unjust systems, our advocacy work is centered around building relationships and bringing people from the public, private and nonprofit sectors together to discuss issues and develop solutions.

2023 Policy & Advocacy Agenda

No one navigates poverty in isolated systems. We recognize the deep disparities in life outcomes predictable by race as evidence of long-standing systemic racism and oppression, and we believe we must both support necessary services which respond to immediate need and work further upstream to advance trauma-sensitive, culturally responsive policies. Informed directly by our stakeholders, our advocacy agenda enacts a series of interrelated policy issues that address these challenges and enables long-term, system solutions.

Lead Issues

  • Increase investments to stabilize the early child care and education workforce and expand access to culturally responsive, trauma-sensitive care.
  • Advance policies that remove systemic barriers and mitigate the impacts of the “benefits cliff.”
  • Provide holistic services to prevent homelessness and build pathways to stable housing for those exiting the foster system and transitioning out of incarceration.

Support Issues

  • Ensure young people are prepared to succeed through high-quality out-of-school programs and pathways for college readiness and career success.
  • Support stable, affordable housing access for households with an income at 30-60% of the area median income through eviction reform.
  • Establish support and allocate resources to sustain a strong nonprofit sector.
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Endorse Issues

  • Strengthen and expand access to 24/7 resource referral services, including United Way’s 211 resource helpline and 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline.
  • Expand reliable access to fresh, healthy meals that meet the needs of individuals and families.
  • Increase flexibility for state grant requirements issued by state agencies.

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Events and Updates

Momentum for Change: Why Now is the Time for 80×3

Momentum for Change: Why Now is the Time for 80×3

March 9, 2023
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Family Philanthropy Series: New IRA Rules Expand Ways to Give and Enhance Your Retirement Income

Family Philanthropy Series: New IRA Rules Expand Ways to Give and Enhance Your Retirement Income

March 8, 2023
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February Advocacy Update: Connecting the Dots to Foster Systems Change

February 23, 2023
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