United Way is the largest privately-funded, non-profit network in the world. By mobilizing people to speak out, we can bring about change for the good of everyone. As a member of United Way Worldwide’s network of 1200 independent United Ways across the country, we have access to a wealth of best practices, tools and forums through which we can promote and advocate for issues that are most important to Monroe County. Click here to see what United Way is focusing on at a federal level.
As an active member of United Way of Pennsylvania (UWP – including leadership that serves on the Board for UWP), Pocono Mountains United Way is fighting to make a difference in issues at a state level that affect our rural community. Whether it’s a large or small policy change, mobilizing people to speak out — in person or online — can make all the difference across our priority areas of education, health, financial stability and community strengthening. Some of our recent advocacy successes include
- Increasing access to high quality education for thousands of Pennsylvania’s 3 and 4-year olds;
- Strengthening our PA 2-1-1 system statewide by leveraging public and private investments to ensure every Pennsylvanian will have access to the service, both through phone and text, by the end of 2018; and
- Protecting and expanding the pro-work, anti-poverty Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and Child Tax Credit improvements which affect 750,000 children in over 380,000 Pennsylvania families. This protection kept 179,000 children, and 398,000 Pennsylvanians overall, from falling deeper into poverty. The average Pennsylvanian who claims the EITC gets to keep more than $2,200 of their earnings to help support themselves and their families.
As a state network, we continue to advocate for improvements to policies that are vital to our community. Some of those policy priorities include:
- Making sure all Pennsylvania three and four-year olds have access to high quality early childhood education;
- Expanding the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) for young workers age 21 to 25, as well as non-custodial parents to benefit 554,000 more Pennsylvanians; and
- Building a stronger partnership with state government through PA 2-1-1 to make it easy for those who need help to learn about all public and private resources available to them.
Pocono Mountains United Way recently launched WOMEN UNITED – a group of our community’s most dedicated women who have joined together to make a meaningful impact on our community through philanthropy, leadership, and volunteerism. To get involved in this action-oriented community group, contact Monica Cravotta, through our online contact form, here.
Together, we must speak out about the issues that face Monroe County. As we roll out our new impact initiatives we are developing public policy agendas for the most pressing issues affecting our community.
More than ever, we need your support as community advocates who can educate leaders and decision makers about the challenges facing our most vulnerable populations. Help us create strategies to address the challenges of Monroe County. If you are interested in getting involved, please reach out to Lucas DeBartolo through our online contact form, here.