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Placing a Spotlight on Issues through Advocacy

The Louisiana Association of United Ways (LAUW) fights for the health, education and financial stability of every person in every community across Louisiana.  In doing so, we advocate by placing a spotlight on issues affecting the economic vitality of hard-working families, the success of Louisiana’s children, and common challenges in local communities that are bigger than any one region. 

Below you will find a list of LAUW’s advocacy priorities: 

  • Education - Helping children and youth achieve their potential
    - Increase access to high quality early care and education opportunities, especially for low-income children and their families

  • Financial Stability - Promoting financial stability and independence
    - Strengthen workforce development programs and expand job training and work-based learning
    - Protect and expand the Earned Income Tax Credit, Child Tax Credit and increase access to the tax credits through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance
    - Strengthen SNAP, child nutrition programs, and other nutrition-related income supports

  • Health - Improving people’s health
    - Increase resources for behavioral health services for children and adults

  • Community Strengthening - Building community capacity to advance the common good
    - Provide a voice and identity for ALICE by providing research-based data on the economic vitality of Louisiana households-
      used as a tool for policy makers and community planning
    - Strengthen, leverage the functionality and increase funding supports of Louisiana 211
    - Strengthen programs that prevent human trafficking and support survivors
    - Advocate for policies and regulations that support non-profits

LAUW takes the lead in representing member United Ways before state policymakers, including the legislative and executive branches. LAUW also supports federal level advocacy coordinated by United Way Worldwide.

LAUW's advocacy focal points are informed by the needs and priorities of our nine member United Ways acting on behalf of their communities - serving 53 parishes throughout our great state. LAUW’s involvement in advocacy is strictly nonpartisan, and we do not endorse candidates for office.