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UWHC Advocacy 

United Way of Hunterdon County has developed a Community Impact Goal of “10x20,” which translates into improving the
financial stability of 10,000 individiulas by the year 2020.

The challenging issues facing our community require creative solutions, and United Way is moving beyond its traditional role as an efficient fundraiser and programmatic steward. Effective public policy activity enables United Way to participate in shaping decisions that can have a profound effect on volunteer organizations, social service industries, and private sector agencies.
 

UWHC’s Public Policy Committee continues to evolve; advances have been made in establishing a necessary voice for
Hunterdon County’s ALICE (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, but Employed) population.

Below is a snapshot of issues our Public Policy Committee is focused on:

  • Advocating for the immediate release of important EFSP (Emergency Food & Shelter Program) funds for Hunterdon County’s populations struggling with rental prices, mortgage or utility assistance.
  • Advocating for a New Jersey Assembly bill that would provide Property Tax Reimbursement for senior citizens who volunteered for their municipality.
  • Becoming an active supporter of Pre-K Our Way, a statewide organization that advocates for the expansion of Pre-K funding in New Jersey.
  • Educating community leaders and spreading awareness of valuable Working Tax Credits, such as the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and Child Tax Credit (CTC).
  • Engaging in the Hunterdon County Chamber of Commerce’s Business & Government Committee, which allows us to better-understand the policy stances and issues within the county’s private sector.
  • Assisting Hunterdon County’s Department of Human Services in their development of a 10-year Plan to end Homelessness in the county by creating a Homeless Trust Fund

Anyone can champion the cause. Whether you’re speaking out to improve education, income, or health, reaching out to members of Congress, or wearing the LIVE UNITED shirt to show your support, you can help inspire hope and create opportunities for a better tomorrow. So go ahead and advocate in a LIVE UNITED world. Do it in public. Be visible. Be loud.