Advocacy means shining a light on the issues that affect Greater Akron and lending our voice to ensure opportunities for children and families to thrive. It is crucial to our success as a community. United Way engages in public policy advocacy because – as a nearly 100-year-old institution – we have the longstanding community connections and firsthand experience to help guide policy makers as they tackle the problems that face Summit County.

United Way’s Policy Agenda

United Way’s Public Policy Agenda is part of our integrated strategy to achieve our Bold Goals. It is our platform for issue advocacy at the state and local levels. We work with United Way Worldwide and other United Ways across Ohio to create a strong, unified voice on specific policy issues.

Our Key Priorities Are:



How can YOU get involved?

It’s easier than you think. You can start by signing up for our action alerts. Calling, emailing, or even tweeting your representative can help us spread the word about the changes our community needs. We provide a nonpartisan platform for people to take meaningful action that makes a difference.

Advocacy Action Center

Small steps add up to create big change. Join us:


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For more information, contact Emma Lieberth Osborn at 330.643.0477 or