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Colorado United Ways Day on the Hill 2016

The importance of early literacy skills, access to affordable housing, and mental health care are critical issues for families and individuals across Colorado. At the January 27, 2016 Colorado United Ways Day on the Hill, 10 United Ways around the state joined Lt. Gov. Joe Garcia and 74 legislators to share information about challenging issues facing our local communities, and ways to collectively advance change that benefits communities statewide. 

"The stories you tell are really so impactful, and that is what we need,” said Evy Valencia, Education Policy Advisor for the Office of Governor John Hickenlooper. “In government, we need to hear how you are impacting lives because that is the key to changing hearts and minds.”

United Ways were also advocating for the importance of 2-1-1 Colorado, and the crucial role they play to ensure all hard-working Coloradans are aware of and take advantage of the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) benefits available through the federal government and, for the first time in 15 years, the state.

Recognizing the critical role government plays in advancing the common good, United Ways engage and participate in public policy and advocacy efforts year-round to ensure that every Coloradan has the opportunities they need to thrive. Day on the Hill helps United Ways of Colorado raise awareness of specific issues around education, income, and health near the beginning of the legislative session.