Our Advocacy Platform

Advocacy is a critical piece of our work at United Way of Washtenaw County because it is one of the most effective tools we can use to promote our community’s needs. That’s why we work every day to bring our partners, supporters, civic leaders and community members together to speak out on Health, Education and Financial Stability issues that are the heart of our mission. 

Raise awareness about a cause you care about by using your voice to create change. Advocating is crucial to a community’s success. By calling, emailing, or even tweeting your elected officials you can help us spread the word about the change that needs to happen in Washtenaw County.

Current Issues with movement on our Public Policy Platform:

Work Requirements and Medicaid Expansion in Michigan:

ADVOCACY OPPORTUNITY: Click here to sign a letter to tell Governor Snyder: Veto Medicaid work requirements.

Click here to read the open letter to Michigan Lawmakers, written by United Way for Southeastern Michigan, and its local partners.

The state legislature has approved a bill that requires Medicaid recipients to prove they are working or receiving job training to keep their health care. This fundamentally flawed proposal will create new barriers between struggling people and the essential health services they need. The bill now heads to Gov. Rick Snyder’s desk. Please tell the governor to stand by working families and veto this poorly conceived legislation.

Lawmakers should help Michigan job seekers access opportunity, not create even more challenges for them to overcome.

This bill also has the potential to eliminate the entire Healthy Michigan plan. If a waiver is not received from the federal government within one year of this bill becoming law, the Healthy Michigan plan will be terminated, putting the health of 670,000 Michiganders at risk.

Please tell Gov. Snyder to veto SB 897 by clicking here!


BILLS SB 430-432

Senate bills 430-432 were introduced in June 2017 and referred to the Senate Committee on Banking and Financial Services. These bills would legalize loans of up to $2500 for up to two years, with fees equal to up to 180% APR. For example, on a $1,500, 12-month loan, the total payback amount would be $3,209. For a $2,500, 24-month loan, the total payback amount would be $8,344 with monthly payments of $348. 


Read the Center for Responsible Lending report: CRL Report

Read the Community and Economic Development Association of Michigan's sign-on letter to Michigan Senators which includes a list of 89 organizations who oppose SB 430-432

Contact Your senator with these: Talking points


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