United Way of Southern Maine is uniquely positioned to amplify community voices and educate lawmakers on systemic issues that lead to inequities. We can all work toward solutions that have the power to bring transformative change to our community today and in the future.

The challenges that Southern Maine faces cannot be solved by one person or program. That’s why our advocacy work is centered around building relationships and bringing people from the public, private, and nonprofit sectors together to discuss issues and develop solutions.

Our Priorities and Impact

Policies & Priorities
There are many issues that affect our communities, such as housing, homelessness, child care, and access to health care. Read United Way of Southern Maine’s Policy and Advocacy Priorities for 2024.
Read OuR Policy & Priorities (PDF)
Legislative Report
See what United Way and our community of advocates accomplished last year in our 2023 Legislative Report Card.
Read Our Report Card (PDF)
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LEgislative UpdateS

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You can also sign up for our advocacy text alerts by filling out the form at or by texting UWSM to 52886 and follow the prompts.