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Diversity & Inclusion Statement

We take the broadest possible view of diversity. We value the visible and invisible qualities that make you who you are. We welcome that every person brings a unique perspective and experience to advance our mission and progress our fight for the health, education, and financial stability of every person in every community. We believe that each United Way community member, donor, volunteer, advocate, and employee must have equal access to solving community problems. We strive to include diversity, equity, and inclusion practices at the center of our daily work. We commit to using these practices for our business and our communities. Join us in embracing diversity, equity and inclusion for every person in every community. LIVE UNITED.

ANTI-RACISM AND ETHNIC DISCRIMINATION STATEMENT

Our United Way is part of a caring community, that welcomes and respects diversity and works for social justice in our tri-county area.

We acknowledge and recognize that racism can be unconscious or unintentional, and that identifying racism as an issue does not automatically mean those involved in the act are racist or intended the negative impact. As an anti-racism organization we vow to purposefully identify, discuss and challenge issues of race and color and the impact(s) they have on our organization, its systems, and its people. We will also challenge ourselves to understand and correct any inequities we may discover and gain a better understanding of ourselves during this purposeful process.

We unequivocally denounce racism/ethnic discrimination because it undermines the well-being and vitality of our communities.

Our United Way network strives to engage community members, especially those whose voices have traditionally been marginalized.

We work with residents and public and private partners to create and implement solutions that ensure everyone has the resources, supports, opportunities and networks they need to thrive.

We are resolved that our anti-racism commitment be reflected in the life and culture of the United Way of Gilmer, Lewis & Upshur through our policies, programs and practices as we continue to learn about racism.