In early December, United Way Miami’s Board of Directors and Women of Tocqueville hosted a legislative reception. Attendees learned more about how United Way is making an impact in the lives of local families and how the contributions of our most influential stakeholders – volunteers and community leaders – are at the forefront of creating meaningful change in our community.
Attendees heard brief remarks from United Way Miami’s interim CEO, Joe Zubi, Board Member and Community Impact Committee Chair, Baldwyn English, Women of Tocqueville Member, Cathy Alexander, and Public Policy Committee Co-Chair, Giovanni Castro. They each shared their perspective on the reasons advocacy is a critical component of making change for ALICE families and the belief in the power of working collectively.
United Way Miami advocacy wins over the past 15 years.
As we begin a new year, we have the opportunity to renew our commitment to making change for ALICE families and, as the 2022 Florida Legislative Session begins on January 11, our state-level efforts will be highlighted over the coming weeks.
In order to identify our 2022 priorities for ALICE families in Miami-Dade, United Way Miami held a series of Impact Roundtables attended by 150 stakeholders last summer. The opportunities shared and challenges raised by our Impact Partners and United Way Miami programs were broad, but a few concerns related to the increase of the minimum wage were expressed across issue areas and two opportunities for advocacy were identified. We hope to:
- Ensure rates for services paid with state and federal funds are increased to ensure agencies can keep staff and support training requirements of the roles – this includes home and community-based care for older adults and adults with disabilities, as well as child care providers that participate in the school readiness program.
- Eliminate or mitigate the benefits cliff in the school readiness (subsidized child care) and KidCare (child health insurance) programs to ensure parents can choose career advancement while their children remain covered by health insurance or enrolled in high quality child care.
- Increase access to high quality early learning;
- Support efforts to increase high school completion and adult education and literacy;
- Improve access to stable and affordable housing for ALICE families;
- Maximize funding for older adults’ home and community-based care options, and
- Support Mission United’s ability to address Veteran short and long-term needs by improving service members’ transition to civilian life and careers.
The Florida United Ways 2022 Legislative Consensus Agenda covers a broad range of issues that greatly impact ALICE families and, along with 27 other local United Ways across Florida, we will be working to uplift the needs of our Impact Partners, and the ALICE families they serve, in Tallahassee over the coming weeks.
United Way Miami’s Public Policy Committee is powered by volunteers from the Board, giving communities, impact partner agencies and community stakeholders.
To learn more about the Public Policy Committee, or join us in speaking up for ALICE families in Miami-Dade, please contact email@example.com.