Diversity, Equity & Inclusion


United Way Worldwide has strengthened its intentional focus on equity and how it is integral to the organizational mission and vision. In doing so, United Way has made a clear statement about the network’s values and commitment to advancing racial and ethnic equity.

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion – Statement of Principle

Interlakes Area United Way shares the values of United Way Worldwide and takes the broadest possible view of diversity.

We value the visible and invisible qualities that make you who you are and welcome your unique perspective and experience.

We respect others without regard to race, color, religion, creed, age, sex, national origin or ancestry, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, or status as qualified disabled or handicapped individual.

We believe engaging the power of diverse talent and partners results in innovative and more effective solutions.

We oppose racism/discrimination against any individual or organization because it undermines the well-being and vitality of our communities.

We recognize the existence of intentional and unintentional obstacles as well as conscious and unconscious acts and biases that have contributed to limiting the pursuit of happiness.

We strive to dismantle these disparities and to include diversity, equity, and inclusion practices in all aspects of our work.

We commit to leveraging resources to create more equitable communities and to be a guiding light for inclusion.

We expect staff, volunteers and collaborative and community partners to uphold these values as we work together in our fight for the health, education and financial stability of every person in our communities. Diversity, equity and inclusion are integral to our work and at the heart of what it means to LIVE UNITED.