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Advocate

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!

Communities are stronger when every individual and family, regardless of race or socioeconomic status, is financially stable and has the opportunity for economic mobility. United Way of Clinton County, Iowa advocacy agenda is aligned with United Ways of Iowa in order to amplify our messaging. The 2020 agenda will be added here soon.

United Way's advocacy's work is focused on:

  • Developing relationships with elected officials from both parties at all levels of government.
  • Sharing what we have learned from our initiatives and heard within the community.
  • Focusing on where we align with others and working with allies to collectively drive change.

Click on the links below to learn more about the issues for which we are advocating in 2019:

January 31, 2020 is #EITCAwarenessDay

For low- and moderate-income Americans, supports like the Earned Income Tax Credit and Child Tax Credit and programs that provide food to children and families are instrumental in helping families cover the basics while encouraging and supporting work. We know EITC works, yet some working Americans are excluded from the powerful, proven impacts of the EITC. In fact, more than 5 million Americans are actually taxed into poverty largely because they are ineligible for the EITC or the EITC is too small. We can change that by raising our voices together. Take action on EITC Awareness Day and ask Congress to expand the EITC. 

We are United Way. We have one life. To live better, we must Live United®.