Public Policy Day

What is Public Policy Day?

Local United Ways play a crucial role in improving our community, but many policy decisions are made without the input of those they affect. Public Policy Day is an opportunity for United Ways throughout South Carolina to inform legislators about the local impact of issues related to education, financial stability, and health.

Join us on February 20, 2018 from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. for the Common Good Awards at City Market Vista. This is a free event. The first half of the evening from 5:00 - 6:00 p.m. will be reserved for networking. At 6:00 p.m. we will honor legislators who have made achievements in the past year to Advance the Common Good in South Carolina.

Public Policy Day will begin the following morning on February 21, 2018 at the SC Statehouse. Legislative appointment times will vary and will take place throughout the day. The Legislative Luncheon will be from 12:00 - 2:00 p.m. and provide all participants the opportunity to network with legislators and their staffers.

Register for Public Policy Day

Click here to register for Public Policy Day!

Registration opens on November 15th and will close on February 7th.

Training Opportunities

There are several training opportunities available to Public Policy Day attendees:

  • Training Webinar on February 8th, 2018
    Invitations to the webinar will be sent out to all Public Policy Day registrants in late January. The webinar will be recorded and distributed to anyone unable to attend.

  • Day-of Breakfast and Advocacy Training
    Attendees can choose to participate in an optional in-person training on Public Policy Day. This training will take place from 8:00 – 9:00 a.m. at the Palmetto Club in downtown Columbia. Breakfast will be provided. After the training, the group will walk over to the Statehouse to join the other Policy Day attendees.
    You must register for this training when completing your Public Policy Day registration. The cost is $15 per person.

  • Request In-Person Training
    If you're interested in receiving in-person training prior to Public Policy Day, please contact our Senior Director of Public Policy, Naomi Lett, at

Staying in Columbia

We have a hotel block secured at the Hyatt Place in the Vista. The room rate is $149 for the night of February 20th, which includes breakfast, wireless internet, and parking. You must make your reservation by February 7th to receive this rate.

Click here to make your reservation.

You can also make your reservation by phone at (888) 492-8847; give the group code "G-UNWY" to the reservations agent when booking.



Please contact Naomi Lett at if you have additional questions or concerns.