Children’s Week and Seniors Days inundated the capitol during this fourth week of the Florida Legislative Session. Rallying in favor of “One Voice for Children”, advocates from across Florida arrived at our state’s capitol for Children’s Week. The week kicked off on Monday with the Children’s Week Awards Dinner and Reception, where the 2019 Chiles Advocacy Award was presented to Barbara Mainster. Former executive director of the Redlands Christina Migrant Association (RCMA), Mainster was recognized for her more than 40 years of service devoted to RCMA and for building the largest nonprofit child care provider in the state. The award is presented annually to a Floridian who has dedicated his or her life to improving the lives of children and families, and who have successful engaged others to promote policies and programs that benefit those children and families.
United Ways from across the state strongly advocate for children, families and seniors in the areas of education, financial stability and health. Starting with access to high-quality early learning childhood education, ensuring their success in school-aged years, including access to health care, achieving financial stability and a healthy stable lifestyle in their senior years.
To learn more about United Way and our advocacy effort, please visit United Way of Miami-Dade.