Advocate

Advocate. Let your voice be heard! Whether you're speaking out to improve education, financial stability and health, writing letters to a federal or local policy maker, promoting a cause on your social networking page, or wearing the Live United shirt to show your support, you can help inspire hope and create opportunities for a better tomorrow. So go ahead and advocate in a Live United world. Do it in public. Be visible. Be loud.

Below are a few ways you can advocate in your community.

Wear the Shirt

You can start a conversation about what you believe in simply by what you wear. The Live United t-shirt has become an icon that speaks to what United Way is all about-  working together to create opportunities for a better life for everyone in the greater Washington area.

Share your Story

How do you live united? Send us your story so we can share it with the community.  Have a video camera? Post your story online on YouTube. We also encourage you to tweet, blog or post your story on Facebook.

Vote

One of the easiest ways to affect change in your community is by voting.  Whether the issue is local, regional, or national, your vote is one way to raise your voice in support of your community. Are you registered?  If not, visit your local board of elections to get signed up!

Tell Friends about 2-1-1

Crisis, hunger and homelessness can happen anytime, to virtually anyone. At United Way NCA, connecting people in need with local resources and assistance- when they need them- is a critical part of our mission. United Way NCA's 2-1-1 initiative is a powerful tool available to individuals and families for addressing needs in real time.

Send an e-mail to five of your friends telling them about United Way's 2-1-1 service. It's an easy-to-remember phone number that connects anyone to human services.

Write a Letter Advocating for Affordable Housing

The Washington metropolitan area is an exciting place to live, work and play but, many people throughout our region still go without a warm, safe place to call home on a daily basis. Housing is connected to our health, our peace of mind and our ability to lead productive lives. It is a basic human need. Tell your legislators to support affordable housing in your community today - download a sample letter here and find your representatives listed below.

Alexandria
Mayor William D. Euille - alexvamayor@aol.com
Councilmember Kerry Donley - kjdonley@gmail.com

Arlington
County Manager Barbara Donnellan - countymanager@arlingtonva.us
Board Chair Christopher Zimmerman - countyboard@arlingtonva.us

DC
Mayor Vincent Gray - mayor@dc.gov
Councilmember Kwame Brown - dccouncil@dccouncil.us

Fairfax-Falls Church
Robert F. Lederer - mayor&council@fairfaxva.gov
Kathleen Clarken Buschow - cityclerk@fallschurchva.gov

Loudoun County
Scott York, Chairman - bos@loudoun.gov

Montgomery County
Isiah Leggett, County Executive - ocemail@montgomerycountymd.gov
Valerie Ervin, President - county.council@montgomerycountymd.gov

Prince George's County
Councilmember Samuel Dean - SHDean@co.pg.md.us
Councilmember Thomas E. Dernoga - TEDernoga@co.pg.md.us

Prince William County
Corey A. Stewart - cstewart@pwcgov.org
W.S. "Wally" Covington III - wcovington@pwcgov.org