Public policy advocacy is a strategy we use to seek needed improvements in Alamance through long-term solutions and systemic changes. Advocacy can be big or small. It can be petitioning your school board to require healthier cafeteria meals. It can be urging your government to invest more in schools, or make child tax credits permanent, or make more children eligible for health insurance. Or it can be mobilizing your contacts to speak out on a critical cause, in person or online. United Way galvanizes people to speak out for change. View some of our advocacy priorities below.
After the Alamance Community Assessment identified a lack of public transportation as a key priority for the third time in 2015, we designated $100,000 to the system to fund the fifth route to Alamance Community College, providing vital access to higher education and training. The addition of the fixed route transportation service to Alamance County is a big win for our advocacy efforts, allowing access to services, education, medical care and employment for bus users. Alamance County’s first public transportation service began on June 6, 2016. Visit the LINK transit website to see bus routes and learn more.
Another one of our priorities is public education. In February 2016, we were part of a advertisement that encourages Alamance County community members to vote in the upcoming elections for candidates who understand that education is an investment, not an expense. UWAC is proud to support improvements in our public education system, as education is one of United Way of Alamance County priority areas. We are focused on creating community-based and community-led solutions that strengthen the foundation for a good quality of life.