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Be visible. Be loud. Champion a cause.

Anyone can champion the cause. Whether you’re speaking out to improve education, income and health, reaching out to members of Congress, 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. Be visible. Be loud. Champion a cause. That's what it means to LIVE UNITED.

 

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Statewide Action: Visit the Wisconsin Government site to access listings of state government agencies, boards, commissions, and councils or the Wisconsin State Legislature site to find your legislator, state proposals and sessions, and voting results.

 

National Action: Visit the United Way Action Center to learn more about national issues, legislation, elections, and candidates, and visit the United States House of Representatives and the United States Senate to connect with your legislators in Washington DC.

 

YOUR VOICE

 

 Importance of Healthcare Support in Wisconsin

"I had a three-year-old girl that had the worst case of "bottle rot" the dentist had ever seen in his many years of practice in the Green Bay area. He stated that that the level of pain that the little one had endured for weeks/months must have been excruciating. He could only guess that her threshold for pain was very high for her not to have brought the pain to the attention of her family. With the use of MA the little girl was able to have about half of her teeth extracted, and the other remaining teeth had caps placed on them to prevent further deterioration. Without Medical Assistance she would not have been able to see the dentist and have the dental surgery at the hospital. Plus, she would not have been eligible for follow up care."

- Green Bay, Client Intake Experience from County Worker

 
  "As the Director of a free clinic, I see daily the needs of the many who have no health care coverage.  The Affordable Care Act has done amazing things for access to care over the past several years, though is far from a perfect piece of legislation.  Universal care is a dream we have yet to reach.  The elimination of CHIP puts one in three children in the United States at risk for no health care, another setback to ensuring the health and well-being of residents of this country.  Undoubtedly these children will end up being seen in the emergency rooms when sick which will only increase the level of uncompensated care in the United States.  Those costs get passed on to the those with insurance.  The cycle is infuriating."
 
 - Racine, Director of free clinic
 

"Fondy Food Center was started in 2001 to support operations of a historic farmers market on Milwaukee’s Northside, after a series of food security and systems assessments confirmed that the neighborhood lacked access to fresh produce. This food access disparity is clustered alongside other disparities – notably economic and health disparities – with over 57% of residents in the market’s zip code (53206) qualifying for Foodshare/SNAP benefits in the past 12 months and worse health outcomes than the rest of the city. Fondy Farmers Market provides seven months, and 27 hours each week, of access to fresh, local food and offers programs to support increased consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables."

- Milwaukee, Fondy Food Center

 

"My wife and I have had placement of our foster son (17 months old) since he was a couple days old.  With the Foster Care system he is able to access BadgerCare.  With BC the most benefit we have seen is that he is able to receive services from Birth to 3.  Since starting this program he has made great development strides and the staff has been great to work with.  I am concerned that other kids in in WI will not be able to access this type of great service if there are cuts to BC funding."

 

 

Current Opportunity: 

Share your SNAP Story!

SNAP – our nation’s largest anti-hunger program – is at risk. On June 21st, United Way leaders from all around the country will be advocating to protect SNAP in Washington DC and we want to tell your story. Stories are a powerful tool to help our elected officials understand the real-life impacts of SNAP on local individuals and families. You may choose to keep your story anonymous if you prefer.  

By sharing your story at the link, you can help protect SNAP for millions of Americans around the country!

 
 
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