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Dear Advocate,

Since adding its first staff and rebranding in October, Advocates for Ohio's Future has generated momentum for health, human service, and early care & education funding in the state budget.

Historically, The Campaign To Protect Ohio's Future (the former name of AOF) has mobilized every two years around the budget, but we are making sure AOF continues the work of elevating the value of vital public services and building an advocacy network of health and human service supporters across the state, like you. Will you help us sustain this momentum by donating $100? Click here to donate. We are grateful for anything you can give and count all contributions as valuable statements of support.

I am proud of all we have accomplished over the last few months. We have rebranded the coalition, hired 2 staff (Scott Britton and Will Petrik), and raised $105,000 in grant and member support. Advocates for Ohio's Future has also developed a public policy agenda and moved it forward by advocating directly with policy makers through one-on-one meetings, news releases to the media, community dialogues and partner events, constituent contact, and testimony. To view and download a detailed report of our organizational development (internal) accomplishments as well as outreach and advocacy (external) accomplishments to date, click here.

Now that Ohio's biennial budget for fiscal years 2012 and 2013 has been enacted, AOF and our coalition partners have also identified gains and losses for vulnerable children, families, seniors, and people with disabilities. While the budget took bold new steps to improve quality and reduce costs of health care for Medicaid patients, expand home- and community-based options for seniors, and provide more equitable funding for behavioral health services, challenges remain.

Thanks to concerted efforts by grassroots supporters and more than 200 endorsing organizations, Advocates for Ohio’s Future can count a number of positive policy changes and strategic investments during the three months after the budget was first introduced. Click here to view our new fact sheet on the Gains and Challenges in the State Budget.

Despite these successes, many children, families, seniors, and people with disabilities will be vulnerable over the next two years. Funding for emergency food assistance and mental health and addiction services remains woefully inadequate. Local government social services were slashed. Waiting lists persist for long-term care supports for people with disabilities. Advocates for Ohio’s Future will monitor implementation of state budget reforms, stay on top of developments in the federal budget, and continue advocating for vital public services that meet people’s basic needs and protect our state’s most vulnerable populations.

Will you help us continue our work by making a contribution today? Click here to donate $100 or any amount you feel comfortable to Advocates for Ohio's Future. We are grateful for anything you can give; we will not solicit you for a monetary contribution again this year.

Thank you for being involved, and for your support of Advocates for Ohio's Future.

Sincerely,

                                                      

                                    

Gayle Channing Tenenbaum, Co-Chair                            Margaret Hulbert, Co-Chair

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