By becoming an advocate in your community, you help to inspire hope and create opportunities for a better tomorrow for the lives of children and families who are struggling to get by. Advocacy is a key part of our FACE 2024 plan. Ensuring policy and program improvement is essential to achieving maximum collective impact. The following is a brief overview of our advocacy plan with priorities focused on the achievement of our communitywide goals.
Public Policy & Advocacy Priorities
- Early Childhood Education Investments
- Reducing School Truancy and Absenteeism
- On-Time Graduation and College/Career Readiness
- Preserving Funding and Resources for Students/Schools of High Need
- Improve Financial Literacy Standards for grades K-12 and in Community College
- Increase Access to Self-Sufficiency Supports and Maintain Awareness of Tax Credits
- Promote Career Readiness/Job Training and Workforce Development Aligned with Hiring Industries
- Reduce Payday Lending
- Ensure Broad Health Access
- Include a Healthy Component and Free and Reduced Lunch Waivers for Targeted Districts
- Expand Existing Public Children’s Health Coverage to Include Access to Dental Care
- Support and Utilization of Permanent Year-Round Emergency Shelter and Service Centers for the Homeless
- Increase Production, Utilization and Awareness of Affordable Housing Stock
- Maintain the Charitable Tax Deduction
- Preserve Existing Federal, State and County Resources for Education, Income, Health and Housing
Public Policy & Advocacy Committee
- Mike Ruane, Co-Chair, Executive Vice President, National Community Renaissance
- Karen Conlon, Co-Chair, President, Sequoia Grove Consulting
- Antonella Castro, Real Estate and Business Attorney
- Diane B. Dixon, City Council Member, Newport Beach
- Michael Feldman, Executive Vice President, Head of Wealth Markets, Union Bank
- Suzanne Fradette, Partner, PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP
- Joan Patronite Kelly, Corporate Director of Environmental Planning and Resource Management, Psomas
- Michelle Murphy, MSW, Associate Director of Advocacy & Health
- Scott Sampley, Vice President, Sales, Enterprise Holdings
- John E. Stratman, Senior Director, Public Affairs & Brand Communications, Kaiser Permanente
- Carla Vargas, Chief Operating Officer, Orange County United Way
Ways to advocate in Orange County
Anyone can champion our cause. As a community advocate, a little effort on your part can go a long way towards making a difference in your community.
Lend your voice by advocating for issues related to Education, Income, Health and Housing in Orange County
Help spread the word by sharing the work of United Way with your friends, neighbors and coworkers
WE SUPPORT THESE BALLOT INITIATIVES IN THE UPCOMING ELECTION
With the approval of our Board of Directors, Orange County United Way is publically supporting two key ballot measures that are in alignment with our FACE 2024 goals. We urge you to vote on November 6, 2018, and to join us as we fight for the Education, Health, Housing and Financial Stability of every person in Orange County! Register to vote by October 22nd, 2018. Polls will be open on Election Day, Tuesday, November 6, 2018 from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
HOUSING PROGRAMS BOND
Authorizes $4 billion in general obligation bonds for housing-related programs, loans, grants, and projects and housing loans for veterans.
HOMELESSNESS HOUSING BOND
Authorizes the state to use revenue from Proposition 63 (2004) on $2 billion in revenue bonds for homelessness prevention housing for persons in need of mental health services.
Community Change Agents—United Way At Work
Our FACE 2024 strategy focuses on the belief that everyone should have access to a quality education, a sustainable income, good health and stable housing—building on United Way’s national policy priorities at a community level.
Raise your voice with us by writing to your local elected officials, keep up-to-date on policy changes, engage in social media discussions or attend a Board of Supervisors, city council or school board meeting.
We advocate for quality education so children and youth can reach their full potential
We advocate for financial stability and independence so families can become self-sufficient
We advocate for healthy lives so children and families can enjoy a greater quality of life