Diversity, Equity and, Inclusion

United Way of Hampshire County constantly reassesses social issues  and the role we play in helping improve them. They are complex--often old and deeply imbedded in our institutions--and our understanding changes over time. To remain a most relevant partner, funder, collaborator, and advocate we must keep up. Vital to this evolving role is our deepening work around diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Purpose Statement

We adopt United Way Worldwide’s purpose statement.

More than 125 years ago, the diverse community leaders who founded United Way crossed cultural, religious, and economic boundaries to make a difference through collective action. Today, diversity, equity, and inclusion remain vital to achieving our mission, living our values and advancing the common good.

United Way fosters and promotes an inclusive environment that leverages the unique contributions of diverse individuals and organizations so that we can collectively and effectively create opportunities for a better life for all.

United Way takes the broadest possible view of diversity, going beyond visible differences to affirm the essence of all individuals including the realities, background, experiences, skills and perspectives that make each person who they are.  Engaging the power of diverse talent and partners results in innovative solutions and the community ownership necessary to address complex community issues.

Diversity, equity, and inclusion are at the heart of what it means to LIVE UNITED.