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Advocating On Your Behalf 

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 2020 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.

ABOUT 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.

EDUCATION

Improve educational and life outcomes for children, youth and young adults by advancing equity and excellence in education.

FINANCIAL WELLNESS

Improve the equity of employment and financial wellness outcomes of adults and families for life-long well-being.

HEALTHY COMMUNITIES

Provide equitable access through education and resources to improve the quality of living and dying for older people and their families.

LIVE UNITED

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.

Education

EARLY CHILDHOOD

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).

HIGH QUALITY

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.

Digital Technology 

Increased resources to address disparities in access to internet and broadband/digital technology.

TECHNICAL EDUCATION

Increased funding and access to career and technical education programs, Arizona’s community colleges and public universities.

RE-ENGAGE

Using proven programs to re-engage students who have dropped out of high school to increase graduation rates and improve college- and career-readiness.

Educate

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).

Financial Wellness

Promote

Preserving and strengthening programs that promote financial wellness (e.g. Earned Income Tax Credit, Child Care Tax Credit, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families).

 

Support

Policies and programs that support financial literacy and wellness.

 

Workforce Initiatives

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).

 

Preditory Lending 

Efforts to eliminate predatory lending practices

 

Healthy Communities

Health Insurance

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.

Healthy Food

Policies and programs that promote access to healthy food across the lifespan (e.g. Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program)

 

 

Affordable Housing

Policies and programs that promote access to safe, stable, and affordable housing.

 

 

CAREGIVING

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)