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
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.
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!