by Chelsea Nelson

Communications Director

This morning United Way of Salt Lake hosted their 6th annual Day on the Hill event!  The Capitol Building was buzzing with people due to the legislative session and participants got right in the middle of the action!

The morning started off with a short advocacy training so that people who were new to the legislative process could better understand how the process works and how to best make their voices heard.  Bill Crim, UWSL’s Senior Vice President of Community Impact and Public Policy, gave a great overview of legislative DOs and DON’Ts and advice on making an impact.  Later that morning, Elizabeth Garbe, UWSL’S Public Policy Director, talked about the specific bills that United Way is supporting, why they are important to our community, and how to lobby for them.  Optional Extended-Day Kindergarten and the High Quality Pre-School Project (SB226), sponsored by Senator Osmond, were top priorities.  To find out more about these initiatives and how to get involved, go to United Way of Salt Lake’s ADVOCACY pages!

Geared up with better knowledge of the lobbying process and armed with information on Optional Extended-Day Kindergarten & High Quality Preschool (SB226), attendees then went to work lobbying for these important initiatives!  United Way was recognized in both the House and Senate galleries for their work in the community and representatives were responsive to the lobbying done by our group!  It was so exciting to see the process in action and that making an impact can happen right before your eyes.

We hope you will lobby with us through this legislative session and make your voice heard!  If you weren’t able to join us this morning at Day on the Hill, we hope that you will next year and make your voice heard for lasting change in our community!

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