“Each time a man stands up for an ideal or acts to improve the lots of others, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope. From a million different centers of energy, those ripples build a current that can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance”         

                                                          Robert F. Kennedy

Anyone can champion the cause. Whether you’re speaking out to improve education, income and 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. 

There are many ways that you can advocate. See below for ways you can make a meaningful impact in your local community. 

Be informed

Learn how your community ranks in academic attainment, income stability and health. Use the United Way Common Good Forecaster, a powerful online tool that lets people see for themselves how improving the education level has a positive impact on several key economic and social measures.

Engage with your community

Host a community conversation with your friends, coworkers or neighbors. Learn about what people say are their aspirations for your community and talk about how you can work together to address challenges. Read the Harwood Institute Community Conversation Guide. (.pdf)

Raise Awareness About a Cause

Use social media tools to educate your friends and networks about an issue you care about. Sample tweets and Facebook messages are below:


    EDUCATION: Every dollar to early childhood programs saves 7 in adulthood  #LIVEUNITED    
    INCOME: Children are the poorest age group w/ 15.5M children living in poverty  #LIVEUNITED    



    EDUCATION: Students who don't read proficiently by third grade are four times more likely to leave without a diploma than proficient readers. Support United Way's work to promote the importance of early grade reading    
    INCOME: Children are the poorest age group with 15.5 million children living in poverty. Support programs that help poor children and families    

Speak Out

Urgent Policy Priorities:

Contact your representative in Congress about an Education, Income, or Health issue.

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