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United Way’s Women United Hosts Lunch & Learn

United Way’s Women United Hosts Lunch & Learn

Women United leads community in call to action to local Legislature


Baytown, TX:

United Way is focused on creating community-based and community-led solutions that strengthen the cornerstones for a good quality of life: education, financial stability and health.

Give, advocate, volunteer are three simple, yet powerful actions United Way uses to make a difference in the community. Advocacy was at the forefront at the Women United “lunch and learn” Thursday, February 2, 2017 at J.D Walker Community Center.

At the event, Guest Speaker, President and CEO of United Ways of Texas Adrianna Cuellar Rojas urged attendees to contact area legislators to advocate for health, education and financial stability. This “Call to Action” created a great opportunity for attendees to become active and contact State Legislature to have their voices heard. At each table there were cards with policy recommendations, suggested scripts and corresponding contact information to local representatives.

“If you’re not at the table, you’re really on the menu,” Rojas told a room of more than 100 United Way advocates at the J.D. Walker Community Center. “And I think this legislative session is a good example (of that). If your voice isn’t being heard you can easily lose out. This session is all about money because there’s not much of it, and so sadly there’s a lot of us fighting for scraps right now; and if your voice isn’t’ heard you’re going to lose out.”   

For your voice to be heard, Rojas stressed the importance of being engaged and said “advocacy is about knowing the issues.” Community members in the Baytown and Chambers County, or any community, are the greatest advocates for change, Rojas said, because they’re the ones who know the issues within a community.

The United Way of Texas’s 2017 policy agenda for the 85th legislative session advocates for issues involving early education, student success and career preparation, increasing income and building assets, child abuse and neglect along with health and wellness.

For many of the attendees, the luncheon provided resources and ideas as to how to better improve Baytown and Chambers County.

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