United Way Takes Over Tallahassee for Capitol Days
On November 12-13th seven Women United and seven Public Policy volunteers from United Way of Broward County were leading the charge and inspiring the change all the way up the capitol steps in Tallahassee.
Why? For the 3nd Annual Women United Summit and 5th Annual United Ways of Florida Capitol Days, which shared a combined reception and advocacy day.
For months Women United and United Way staff around the state, prepared and organized the 3rd Annual Women United Summit, which included 15 fellow United Ways (over 75 women) from across the state of Florida. This one-day event allowed women to promote advocacy and showcased the importance of a woman’s voice and how to be an effective leader. Following the summit, both the Women United and Public Policy volunteers joined together to kick-off United Ways of Florida Capitol Days.
On the second day, our 13 local volunteers toured the House and Senate, met with 10 members of the Broward County Legislative Delegation, members of Leadership and Secretary Mary Mayhew-The Agency for Health Care Administration, advocating on behalf of Florida’s ALICE (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed) Families and our 2020 United Ways of Florida Consensus Legislative Agenda.
During the two powerful and impactful days our volunteers advocated for The Financial Literacy and Prosperity Program (HB 2115) and the Senate Local Funding Initiative Request, sponsored by Chair Holly Raschein and Senator Travis Hutson, which is seeking $1.2 million in appropriations for tax preparation assistance programs statewide that will help struggling families, identified as ALICE, receive their EITC (Earned Income Tax Credit) refunds and other refundable tax credits.
Volunteers also spoke passionately about the need to expand access to school-based healthcare services for Medicaid-eligible children by drawing down available federal dollars (HB 81 and SB 190 by Representative Andrade and Senator Montford); legislation that has been gaining support in Florida. There is value in providing health services in the school setting, including less absenteeism, better academic perforce and better health outcomes.
At the conclusion of day two, Women United and Public Policy volunteers from Broward County had shown the value of their combined voices in fighting for the 2020 United Ways of Florida Consensus Agenda, which includes policy that fights for access to healthcare, education, financial stability and Veteran services. It is evident that the passion, momentum and strength of what prepared and engaged volunteers can accomplish when working together to advocate for issues that matter to their community.
When we work together, when we speak with one voice, CHANGE CAN HAPPEN.
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