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United Way Supports PA 2-1-1 and Pre-k Funding

Dear Representative/Senator, 

I volunteer with and donate to United Way in order to help make sure everyone in my community has opportunities to succeed. I also want to lend my voice to advocate for the health, education and financial stability of citizens throughout the Commonwealth.  I agree with United Ways across Pennsylvania who have identified PA 2-1-1 and Pre-k funding as two priorities of great importance for the 2017-18 state budget, and I am writing to ask for your support for both of these issues.

PA 2-1-1 is a three digit telephone number, which provides access to trained, empathetic resource navigators who can ask the right questions to find out what help a person needs, and then connect Pennsylvanians to health and human services programs available in their local community.  United Way organizations, local government entities, and local foundations are providing approximately $3 million each year to operate the 2-1-1 system.  I believe it is important to complete the statewide network and enhance 2-1-1’s ability to provide local information and referral services which adheres to national quality standards. It is essential for state government to partner with 2-1-1 in order to make it easier for people to find the help they need 24/7/365, by phone, text, and 2-1-1 web site. I support United Way of Pennsylvania’s request for an appropriation of $1.5 million in this year's budget to implement a grant program which will support these efforts.

I also support investments in high quality early childhood education. I believe it is important to make sure more of PA’s kids get a strong start during the early years when so much of their brain development occurs. I understand that it will also help us save money as a state in the future. It is essential for our elected officials to support increased funding for Pre-K and Head Start, and I hope you will support United Way’s request that these programs receive an increase of $75 million so an additional 8400 PA children will have access to these services.  

Please help us support PA 2-1-1 and investments into pre-k and Head Start!  These programs allow for more Pennsylvanians to have opportunities for success.  Please help us LIVE UNITED! 

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