Middlesex United Way: Public policy changes a must for social change

MIDDLETOWN — For an individual, you are an advocate when you declare to the world that you stand for something and believe in a cause. Advocacy takes many forms, from posting your thoughts on your social media page, to writing to your legislator, or bringing a friend to volunteer with you.

The role of advocacy in an organization is not always as simple and can, in fact, be risky. Taking a stance on an issue and bringing attention to injustices is something we at the Middlesex United Way take seriously, and we think you should too.

No one has all of the answers to every problem, but if we stand up for what we believe, whether that involves animals, the well-being of others, or the environment, organizations have the unique capability to accomplish a lot, often because of access to resources and manpower.

If we are to keep our promise to you of creating real, sustainable community improvement, then changes in public policy are required. Sometimes it’s easy to forget that advocating and being involved is not just about Democrat vs. Republican; it’s about understanding our community’s problems and bringing people together to solve them.

Those who are closest to us, our own advocates and champions, know that United Way has evolved into so much more than fundraising alone. We have put our stake in the ground, focusing on the issues of education, health, housing and financial stability for all in Middlesex County. Our staff and volunteers are regularly communicating with legislators and promoting the importance of these focus areas.

We are asking individuals to join us at the Nonprofit Legislative Breakfast March 6 from 8 to 9:30 a.m. at Middlesex Community College’s Chapman Hall, 100 Training Hill Road.

Attendees will have the opportunity to advocate on issues surrounding the nonprofit sector, including funding and legislation. You will also have the opportunity to hear about legislators’ priorities related to the current economic climate in Connecticut and participate in discussions with your area representatives. There will be an opportunity to connect and network with other attendees and learn more about your local representatives.

A light breakfast will be provided, and attendees can register by visiting https://bit.ly/2T6qWRG. Registration and networking will begin at 7:45 a.m.