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UWP Update - March 29, 2019

Help Us Collect Stories About Financial Struggle

Calling all UWP members and supporters: Please help us spread the word about our new Call to Action on Financial Struggles! As we prepare to roll out our ALICE® Project in June, we have posted a streamlined, online form where members of the general public who identify as ALICE can share their story with us. The link to the Call to Action is https://www.uwp.org/storyshare. We aim to collect as many stories as we can by the end of April.

There are a few reasons why these stories are important to us. First, stories from real people will assist us in our advocacy efforts. Authentic, personalized vignettes help put a face to the economic hardship that so many working people face today. We will be better-prepared to impact lawmakers with these authentic stories from their constituents, in order to affect positive change.

Second, these stories are windows into the daily struggles of ALICE that can help us better inform the general public. If we can forge an intimate link between ALICE-related issues and our public audience, we can start to change the wider conversation around financial struggle. We want people to understand the prevalence of folks who work full-time, but still have trouble meeting their most basic household needs.

The Call to Action form on our website is easy to use, and, depending on how much people choose to write, it should only take five or ten minutes to complete. We request story submitters to give us their contact information, so that we can communicate with them in the future if we need their permission to use their personal details in addition to their story. We will not share anyone's personal identifiers, in any context, without explicit written permission from them.

In addition to posting this Call to Action on our website, we will be launching a Facebook ad campaign to capture more participants. We will also be sending out push texts to contacts we amassed during the most recent government shutdown.

We would greatly appreciate your help in sharing a link to our Call to Action on your social media accounts, or a mention with a link on your website homepage, email newsletters, mailers, or community events. VITA workshops would be a timely venue for requesting stories!

As our Local United Ways provide direct service to the community, we need to rely on your networks of program beneficiaries to assist us in this effort. When we receive stories from residents of an ALICE-committed member's territory, we will gladly pass these along you for use in your own marketing or advocacy efforts.

Please help us to put a face to the struggle of ALICE, in order to create positive change for the future. Thank you for your support in this effort; we could not succeed without the help of our members!

If you have any questions about this Call to Action, please contact Kate Henry.

Action Opportunities for SNAP, VITA and EFSP- Time Sensitive!  

Tuesday, April 2nd is the last day to submit comments in opposition to the USDA proposed rule on restricting SNAP work requirement waivers for states. It is estimated these changes would cut access to SNAP benefits for more than 750,000 Americans. UWP has submitted our comments, which can be viewed here. We hope you will join us and submit comments to stand up for the food insecurity issues many of our communities are facing. You can view UWW's template for comments here with guidance on what information to include. Once complete, you can submit your comments here. If you have submitted or plan to submit comments, please send your final comments to Maggie for reporting to UWW.

There is another opportunity for your United Way to engage in advocacy efforts around VITA. Today, at 5pm, is the deadline to sign your organization on to a letter requesting increased funding, in the amount of $30 million, for VITA. UWW is partnering with Prosperity Now on the letter, which can be viewed and signed here. UWP has signed on and we encourage you do so as well. Please also feel free to share this with your partners.

Finally, there is an opportunity to support increased funding for the Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP) to $157 million in Fiscal Year 2020. This is an increase from the FY19 level of $120 million. UWW has drafted a sign-on letter from organizations to Members of Congress urging them to support the proposal of increased funding. You can view the letter and sign your organization on hereT he deadline is 5pm today!

If you have any questions on these advocacy engagements, please contact Maggie.

Upcoming Webinars: April Showers of Learning!
UWP's Pre-Hill Day Webinar
Tuesday, April 2, 2019 2:30PM
Prior to Hill Day, we will be providing a basic training of the materials and points we would like to be advocating for during our time on the Hill. This will go over standard advocacy 101, how to talk to legislators, and our asks for the 2019 Hill Day in regards to funding for PA 2-1-1, Pre-K, and high-quality childcare for infants and toddlers. We will also present how to report back on your hill day meetings. 

Power Corporate Relationships with the GRF
Thursday April 4, 2019 2:00PM
Register Here
2019 is the third year that UWW will collect and aggregate data that demonstrates United Way's shared impact. Global Results data can strengthen corporate relationships by sharing information many investors desire most - compelling data points and stories that illustrate the impact they are helping to deliver, along with other stakeholders, through their investment in United Way. This year, almost 60 GCL companies will receive GRF Corporate Snapshots to show how United Ways and their community partners are helping more children be ready for school, youth transition to college and career, families achieve greater financial stability and individuals live heathier lives. Join us for this webinar to get the latest information on this year's process and to hear how local United Ways are leveraging the results to deepen engagement and understanding of our value add in communities. 

Walmart and FamilyWize 2019 Walmart Wellness Days
Thursday April 4, 2019 3:30PM

Register Here
Walmart's Wellness Days occur at each of Walmart's 6,363 locations across the US between 10am and 2pm on a quarterly basis. The next Walmart Wellness Day is on Saturday, April 27, 2019, followed by events on July 20 and September 21.
Walmart Wellness Days include free health screenings (i.e. glucose, cholesterol, blood pressure, BMI, etc.), and plenty of health tips/coupons and giveaways, including FamilyWize's Prescription Savings Cards.
Local United Ways will be asked to drive constituents to these free Health opportunities via marketing and social materials that will be provided to you, along with a # to measure shares, tweets, and impressions.
The hope is that following the successful promotion of the event via local United Way channels, additional components might be added to future Walmart Wellness Days, including access to stores and leadership, volunteer opportunities, and more!

ALICE® Website Overview with UWP and UWNNJ
Wednesday, April 17th, 2019 at 2:00PM
United Way of Pennsylvania and United Way of Northern New Jersey are offering committed ALICE United Ways a chance to preview resources that are available to them. 
United Way of Pennsylvania will offer an exclusive preview of the ALICE website and ALICE Learning Community while United Way of Northern New Jersey will explain how to access resources on the United for ALICE Website. 
If you or your staff are interested in attending, please contact Amanda Barbarich

Suggestions for a Webinar? Let me know! Contact  Amanda Barbarich  via email or at (717) 238-7365 x206.
Big Changes to UWP's Website are Coming! 
If you visit www.uwp.org next week, you're going to notice a big change! Phase 1 of our brand new website is nearly completed and will be going live midweek the first week of April! 

What does this mean for our members? Only good things, we promise! Here are the features you can look out for: 
  • Visitors will be able to enter their zip code right on the home page and get the contact information for their local United Way! There will also be a map of all the PA United Ways.
  • Call to actions will now appear directly on our homepage so there's no need to search for them! 
  • Event registration and payment will be simpler and quicker.
  • PA 2-1-1 and the ALICE(R) Project will be linked to prominently on the website. Right now, you'll see an ALICE Countdown timer! 
  • Overall, a cleaner, fresher, and more modern look!
One of the major changes right away will be the members only section will be inaccessible immediately. It will be live in Phase 2, which will be ready on April 12th. 

Phase 3, the ALICE Learning Community, will be ready in May as will Phase 4, the main ALICE site. Stay tuned! Any questions or feedback can be directed to Amanda Barbarich.
CLIC earlybird rate closing soon, ALICE meeting in Toronto April 30
Early registration for the United Way Worldwide Community Leadership and Impact conference will end on April 8. If you're travelling to Toronto for the CLIC, please consider making your travel arrangements to arrive in time to participate in an ALICE meeting on April 30 at United Way of Greater Toronto. 

The format of the CLIC has been changed to give leaders of the world's biggest privately-funded nonprofit to engage with our donors and partners as we seek to drive social change across the globe. The themes for CLIC include: United Way of the future, building social capital through shared purpose, and compelling digital content. 

Small United Ways are eligible for a reduced registration fee for CLIC. Register here

ALICE project participants have the opportunity to come together in Toronto to share best practices and envision the future path for the project. The ALICE forum will provide opportunities to gain insight on how ALICE has already shaped strategies for community impact, corporate policy and public policy. UWP will be represented at this meeting, and our ALICE United Ways are welcome to attend. It takes place on Tuesday, April 30 from 12:00 to 4:00 pm. Please register by sending an email to molly.rennie@UnitedWayNN
PA House passed workforce development bills 
This week, the House passed a package of eleven bills, that are the first phase in the bipartisan initiatives focusing on workforce development. Included in the package are bills to create a $15 million state workforce tax credit, make it easier to establish and renew pilot vocational programs, and create an online database for students to learn about high-demand jobs and potential careers. 

The Senate is expected to take the bills up, while also including some of their chamber's initiatives for this first phase. The next phase in the workforce development initiative will focus on improving job training, although there is no set timeline for the introduction of those bills.

UWP will continue to monitor the efforts in the Capitol and update membership. If you have any questions on this, please contact Maggie.
Opportunity to Share Your Impact: ALICE® Panel at UWP Conference
United Way of Pennsylvania is asking our Committed ALICE ® United Way Partners if they would be interested in sharing their community impact programs with the United Way of Pennsylvania conference audience. 

We are organizing a panel beginning at 10:15am on June 7th. Panelists will represent community impact programs that provide support to ALICE in their communities. Examples include programs that support ALICE in obtaining affordable housing, food security, transportation assistance, and childcare. 

Is your program unique? Could other United Ways be interested in learning more? Let us know about it and see if you can join the panel! Email Amanda Barbarich your program information and potential speaker name. 

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