What does it mean to advocate?

It's a power that we all have. It's standing up for others and what you believe in your heart. It can be championing a cause. Or, simply not being silent United Way of Marion County invites you to be part of the change by speaking up to influence the condition of all.

Who is an advocate? You are an advocate.

  • If you tell your friend, neighbor, loved one or family member that you give to United Way, you're an advocate.
  • If you work with a Partner Agency and speak on behalf of United Way, you're an advocate.
  • If you are serving United Way in a volunteer or staff role either within your workplace or engaged in one of our all-volunteer boards - you're an advocate.
  • And if you are a current or past Loaned Executive, you're definitely an advocate.
We need your voice, your passion and above all, your willingness help improve the lives of those around us by sharing your United Way experience with others. Whether you're getting informed by signing up for our newsletter or spreading the word through your own network of friends and family, this is the platform to advocate for the common good in the communities in which we work and live.


United Way’s public policy priorities are focused on improving our community’s education, health and financial stability. We partner on a state-wide 2014 Florida United Way Consensus Legislative Agenda– which represents the collective voice of 32 local United Ways in Florida and the United Way of Florida.  We also work with United Way Worldwide on key federal issues. Following are our public policy priorities:

State legislative priorities:

Federal legislative priorities:

The basics

Here are some tools and resources to help you get started on advocating for change that improves life for all of us in Marion County:
Advocacy 101
Florida State Legislature:
Lobby Laws for Nonprofits

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