Community members can play an integral role in advocacy:
Advocacy comes in many shapes and sizes. You advocate when you wear a ribbon to support a local cause or initiative, when you speak on behalf of a policy which can enhance your community’s wellness in front of your City Council, when you participate ‘on the hill’ in Des Moines to educate legislators on a need or issue, or even when you wear your Live United T-Shirt!
United Way of Clinton County Iowa Fights For:
The Education, Health, and Financial Stability of every Clinton County resident because these things are the building blocks of a good life.
We work to advocate for these areas of focus through our initiatives as well as those of our Agency Partners, for example:
Education- Did you know that across the country, on average, students lose two months' worth of reading skills over the summer? Did you also know that in Clinton County alone, 78 high school students dropped out in the 2015-2016 school year. United Way of Clinton County, Iowa focuses on all children being proficient in reading by the end of the 3rd grade. This goal is supported by Iowa Reading Corps and intensive summer learning programs.
Financial Stability- Did you know that in 2016 approximately 5% of Clinton County residents were unemployed? Did you also know that almost 8,600 children in Clinton County live in poverty? United Way of Clinton County, Iowa focuses on enabling individuals to obtain and sustain self-sufficiency, which includes finding childcare assistance, public and private transportation solutions, and continuation for adult basic education programs. This goal is supported by basic needs and other assistance programs.
Health- Did you know that residents of Clinton County, on average, have almost three-and-a-half days out of each month of poor mental health? That is approximately forty-one days in a year. United Way of Clinton County, Iowa advocates for policies that create a more comprehensive approach to mental health services, especially when it comes to the mental health of children. This goal is supported by community athletics and other health programs.
United we fight.
United we win.
United Ways of Iowa is an association of 25 United Ways throughout the state.
Together, these United Ways are responsible for more than $40 million in community investments each year. United Ways in our state share the goal of helping all Iowans obtain self-sufficiency and well-being. Legislative priorities are in Education, Health, and Financial Stability.