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United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona envisions a community where every child receives a high quality education from cradle to career, every adult has the opportunity to thrive financially and at work and every older person can retire and age with dignity. We work for this vision by bringing partners from every sector — business, non-profit, government, health, education and social services — together, to tackle problems in our community and work for change.
Public policy at local, state and national levels has an important role to play in making change in our community. We work with our partners, including United Way affiliates in the state and United Way Worldwide, to educate and advocate for effective policy.
United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona’s Public Policy Agenda reflects our priorities in the areas of education, financial wellness and stability, healthy communities and our acknowledgement of the interaction between them. We work to provide background on education, financial and health issues to policymakers and others.
You can help by educating yourself about the needs and issues in your community, telling your elected officials and candidates about critical needs in your community, and sharing your stories and issues with us.
Many factors affect our community’s ability to thrive, including conditions where people are born, live, learn, work, play, worship, and age. United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona’s 2021 Public Policy Agenda reflects our priorities in addressing these factors, and in particular: education, financial wellness, and health, and our acknowledgement of the interaction between them.
Improve educational and life outcomes for children, youth and young adults by advancing equity and excellence in education.
Improve the equity of employment and financial wellness outcomes of adults and families for life-long well-being.
Provide equitable access through education and resources to improve the quality of living and dying for older people and their families.
United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona (UWTSA) envisions a community where every child receives a high quality education from cradle to career, every adult has the opportunity to thrive financially and at work and every older person can retire and age with dignity. We work for this vision by bringing partners from every sector – business, non-profit, government, health, education and social services – together, to tackle problems in our community and work for change. Public policy at local, state and national levels has an important role to play in making change in our community. We work with our partners, including United Way affiliates in Arizona and United Way Worldwide to educate and advocate for effective policy.
Increasing the diversity of resources to fund early care and education and using the federal Child Care Development Block Grant to increase access and quality to childcare (e.g. increasing subsidy rates).
Increased funding for, and equitable access to high-quality early childhood programs, early care and education (birth to 8 years), and public pre-K to 12th grade education.
Increased resources to address disparities in access to internet and broadband/digital technology.
Increased funding and access to career and technical education programs, Arizona’s community colleges and public universities.
Using proven programs to re-engage students who have dropped out of high school to increase graduation rates and improve college- and career-readiness.
Education of stakeholders about issues affecting our communities in the areas of education (e.g. challenges with access, equity, inclusion, the digital divide); financial wellness (e.g. financial literacy); and health (e.g. end of life care issues).
Preserving and strengthening programs that promote financial wellness (e.g. Earned Income Tax Credit, Child Care Tax Credit, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families).
Policies and programs that support financial literacy and wellness.
Initiatives to support the workforce including training and professional development for all, and particularly for those disproportionately affected by employment stress, disruption and loss related to COVID-19 (e.g. childcare providers, teachers, healthcare and essential workers; women).
Efforts to eliminate predatory lending practices
Adequate funding and access to comprehensive health insurance (including dental and behavioral health) (e.g. Kids Care, AHCCCS/Medicaid, and Medicare) and healthcare (including access to telehealth) for all ages.
Policies and programs that promote access to healthy food across the lifespan (e.g. Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program)
Policies and programs that promote access to safe, stable, and affordable housing.
Access to high quality home- and community-based services including caregiving services.
END OF LIFE CARE
Policies to improve end of life care.
HOW YOU CAN HELP
GIVE – ADVOCATE – VOLUNTEER
Educate yourself about the needs and issues in your community.
Tell your elected officials and candidates about critical needs in your community.
Share your stories and issues with us.
HOW WE CAN HELP
Provide information about education, financial wellness and health issues to stakeholders.
Support efforts to partner across sectors to work together for change.
THRIVING NON-PROFIT SECTOR
Preserving charitable giving incentives and charitable tax credits to support a thriving non-profit community.
Partnerships across all sectors, including with other non-profit organizations.
Policies and programs that support the non-profit workforce.
UWTSA Public Policy Committee 2020-2021
Andrew Bevington, Pima County School Superintendent’s Office
John Caldwell, Texas Instruments
Deepa Dalvi, Ventana Medical Systems
Frank Grijalva, IBEW 7th District, Chair
Libby Howell, Pima Community College
Colleen Mathis, Caterpillar, Inc.
Calline Sanchez, IBM Global Administration
Paul Stapleton-Smith, Pima Area Labor Federation/AFL-CIO
Matthew Thrower, DPR Construction, Chair-elect
Tony Penn, United Way of Tucson (non-voting)
Allison Titcomb, United Way of Tucson (non-voting)