Standing up for Florida’s families

Standing up for Florida’s families 2021-02-16T09:28:39-04:00

Advocating for change is an essential component to achieving our mission and goals. And that mission is to work for needed change in education, financial stability and public health policies, on behalf of ALICE families (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed). Our research indicates that 30 percent of Florida households with a regular income are only one family emergency away from falling into poverty. In Miami-Dade that number is around 37%. ALICE families are defined as people who work, earn more than the Federal Poverty Level, but can barely cover the basics: housing, child care, food, health care and transportation.


For the fifth straight year, United Ways across Florida, including our United Way, will be speaking with one voice this legislative session through the 2021 Florida United Way Consensus Legislative Agenda. United Way is rallying the Florida legislature to prevent and mitigate the impacts of evictions due to COVID, aligning early education programs with the k-12 system, provide additional health care vulnerable, low-income Floridians and supporting our Veteran population through coordinated system of care managed by United Way’s Mission United teams statewide.

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Our Legislative Agenda

United Way’s public policy priorities are focused on three main areas:

  • Securing quality early care and education to give all children the best possible start in school and in life;
  • Empowering families and individuals to become financially stable and economically independent to prevent falling into poverty;
  • Providing access to health care for all individuals.

We can’t do it alone, so we work together with business and community leaders, local and state governments — AND YOU.

Your voice is the key to making real change happen. You can help influence decisions that impact at-risk families and children in our community.

Make your voice heard

Discover how you can help United Way direct much needed funding for local programs and policies that support children and working families in your community.

Sign up today! Contact or call (305) 646-7093.