Advocating for Better Lives | Terri's Blog

As VP of Community & Government Relations, a large part of my work is advocating for the issues that impact our work in education, health, and financial stability. This includes participating on state and local boards that set policy.  For example, I serve on the TLC (Nevada Teachers and Leaders Council) which is creating the evaluation system for teachers and leaders; JAG Nevada, helping students graduate and be workforce and/or college ready;  the Nevada ESSA Advisory Group and the CCSD Superintendent’s Advisory Council. There are several other boards and groups I participate with, each helping us to define United Way’s role in the community and how we can play a part in advocating for better lives.

Advocacy is an important part of the work of United Way organizations worldwide. We encourage everyone to give, advocate and volunteer. Through advocacy efforts, nonprofits are able to tell their story and inform decision makers on the issues that affect their work. As we consider these issues and define how United Way can help, we have an exciting opportunity to unite our local nonprofit organizations with the voices that affect change in our community. 

On June 22, we will invite Southern Nevada legislators and local nonprofits to a gathering at our United Way office as part of our Nonprofit Connection, where we can have an open discussion to address some of the issues affecting nonprofits in Nevada ahead of the 2017 legislative session. I am excited to hear feedback from other nonprofits and use this information to establish how United Way can better serve our partner organizations. 

If you are part of a nonprofit organization and want to sign up for the Nonprofit Connection newsletter or RSVP for the Nonprofit Legislative Forum, please email Marilyn Provost or click the invitation below.