Advocacy & Public Policy

United Way of the National Capital Area's advocacy agenda advances the common good by supporting the building blocks of a good life for all: a high-quality education that leads to a stable job, a life-sustaining income, good health and a strong safety net when emergencies arise.

United Way NCA works with elected officials in the national capital area to build on what is working, capitalize on partnerships and improve lives across the region. We advocate on issues that affect access and quality of services to our community, particularly low-income residents, as well as encourage our partner organizations to engage on issues related to education, financial stability, and health.

Our Legislative Focus:

Reauthorization of the Workforce Investment Act
The Workforce Investment Act provides job training funds for adults, displaced workers and young people.

Preserving and Expanding the Earned Income Tax Credit
The Earned Income Tax Credit is an effective means of reducing poverty while encouraging work.

Our Core Issue Areas:


Support policies that promote on time high school graduation:

  • Access to high-quality Pre-K programs
  • Rigorous schools and well-trained educators
  • Wraparound services for at-risk students
  • Increased community engagement in education

Learn about our education work in the community.

Financial Stability

Support policies that increase economic self sufficiency:

  • Expand financial literacy and tax assistance programs
  • Increase access to foreclosure counseling services
  • Improve access to safe, affordable housing options for low- to moderate-income families

Learn about our community programs to increase financial stability.


Support policies that improve the health and wellness of community members:

  • Increase access to affordable, quality healthcare
  • Encourage healthy nutrition and physical activity

Learn about our health-focused work in the community.

Basic Needs

Support policies that:

  • Improve delivery of emergency services—housing, health care, and financial assistance—to citizens in crisis
  • Enhance the local 211 referral system

Learn about our 211 referral program.