Public Policy and Advocacy



Join the cause. Make your voice heard. Create real change.

Policy change can be big or small. It can be mobilizing those you know to speak out on a critical cause, in person or online. It can be urging your government to invest more in schools, or make child tax credits permanent, or make more children eligible for health insurance. 

United Way galvanizes people to speak out for change. We're amplifying individuals’ voices on important community issues. We provide a platform for people to take meaningful action that makes a difference.

2019-2020 Public Policy Agenda


  • Promote and support policies that expand Telemedicine 

  • Support policies that promote access to mental health services and address the link between jails, mental health, substance abuse, and emergency room care

  • Support policies and funding to reduce teen pregnancy rates in South Carolina

  • Support family- and child-focused policies for the Families First Prevention Act

  • Support policies that address obesity and promote healthy activities



  • Promote and support policies that increase high school graduation rates 

  • Support policies that address early grade reading 

  • Promote and support policies that increase the quality and availability of early care and learning opportunities for children 0-5 years-old



  • Promote and support workforce and transportation policies and funding in both rural and urban communities that allow working families to access employment and education opportunities

  • Promote and support policies that develop affordable housing options in communities across the state for homeless, low-income, and middle-income families

  • Support policies and initiatives that promote financial literacy and self-sufficiency for working poor families in South Carolina 

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