Advocate

Influence Change in our Community Through Advocacy
We are all people. Connected. Interdependent. United. When we reach out a hand to one, we influence the condition of all. The United Way of Broome County is working to mobilize the caring power of our community. We strive to provide a forum for both people and organizations to share their passion for our community by working toward advancing the common good in the areas of education, income, and health. We listen to the community to determine the challenges that people care the most about in those areas and the ideas they have to overcome them.  

CLICK HERE to see United Way's Report, "Advancing the Common Good: United Way of Broome County Community Investment Strategy 2010-2012"

You can help to make changes happen in our community by advocating for the United Way.  Here are some specific ways you can help to advance the common good:

Advocate in Person
Learn more about how United Way advances the common good and creates opportunities for all members of the community. Tell others about United Way's work. Mention United Way at your corporate or family events. Urge people you know to volunteer. Discuss issues with your friends, neighbors, and family. Connect to neighbors you haven’t met or join neighborhood association working to improve your community.

Advocate Through Social Media
Write a comment in a discussion blog on a local website. Tell others about United Way’s programs in education, income, and health in your Facebook status updates. Tweet about how 2-1-1 is helping people in our community by connecting them with available services. Like the Facebook pages of United Way of Broome County, Day of Caring, or 2-1-1 First Call for Help. Follow United Way Broome on Twitter, like our Facebook page. Or personalize your very own cause. Online, there's no limit to the people you can reach. The who, what, where, and when is up to you.

Advocate to Influence Public Policy
Together we achieve more than any of us could accomplish alone. That’s why United Way works in partnership with federal, state, and local governments to develop effective local delivery systems for program in the building blocks of a better life for all: education, income, and health. Beyond voting, one of the most important things you can do is to let your elected representatives know where you stand. Attend meetings held to give the public an opportunity to learn about current issues. Ask questions. Present your opinion.

You can be a powerful agent for change. Spread the word about United Way's work. Hold events. Contact public officials. Or, advance the common good by blogging, posting, or tweeting about issues in the area of education, income and health. The tools are here. Just add your passion.