9 Ways to Fight for Gender Equity on the Lakeshore
100 Years After Women’s Suffrage, the Fight to Give Everyone a Voice Continues
Vote for issues impacting women.
Write a lawmaker
- Protect access to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), the nation’s largest anti-hunger program. SNAP provides access to food for those who cannot afford it. It's an important temporary lifeline for millions of Americans.
- Support the Child Nutrition program reauthorization. Call on Congress to protect and strengthen access to these programs to ensure all kids can be healthy and thrive.
- Ask to increase funding for Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC), a program that stabilizes families when their incomes and assets are limited and ensures babies, mothers, children and families have access to nutritious food in tough times.
Support women experiencing domestic violence.
Volunteer your financial knowledge.
- Goodwill - MoneyWorks & Volunteer Income Tax Assistant (VITA) Programs (Muskegon, Newaygo, & Oceana)
- Employer Resource Network - Success Coaches (Muskegon)
- Love INC - Financial Literacy Programs (Muskegon, Newaygo)
Advocate for affordable child care.
For working women, child care is a huge expense, costing even more than a college education. That burden is compounded for single mothers and low-income families. Many states are considering legislation to help ease this burden and make child care more affordable. Call your legislators and attend meetings on the issue.
At United Way of the Lakeshore, we have also hired two new Childcare Navigators! Their role will focus on helping families navigate the childcare system – finding childcare, connecting them to financial resources, assisting with technology, connecting them with Early Childhood resources such as Early On, Early Head Start, Play & Learn groups, parent support groups, and also be an advocate/voice for all families while breaking down barriers for ALICE (Asset Limited Income Constrained Employed) families. They will also support Childcare providers by providing a resource to help their families so they can focus on the children. You can find out more by emailing email@example.com or by calling (231) 332-4014!