Diversity Statement

Hands Raised

We are for EVERYONE!

Our collective human existence can only flourish by embracing and living by the foundations of diversity, equity, and inclusion, and firmly and clearly casting down those ideals, expressions and systems that counter against them.

We are committed to anti-racism and oppose all forms of racial and ethnic discrimination. We are focused on identifying and addressing the root causes of challenges in our community and are committed to leading with an equity lens and building an organization that reflects the diversity of our community.

We believe in showing respect to and being inclusive of all people, regardless of their race, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, religion, national origin, color, creed, veteran or military status, disability, use of a trained dog guide or service animal. Our work centers around improving lives in the areas of health, education and financial stability. To do that effectively, we must be diligent to include and consider all Cowlitz and Wahkiakum residents.

We must examine ourselves and our current processes and interactions, note areas for improvement and put forth continuous effort to embody and exchange kindness, open mindedness, patience and grace to all people!

It is up to us... all of us to mold our community into a space that everyone can feel accepted, loved, and achieve a stable life. Our community's greatest asset is its variety of people and the skills, passions, and ideas that they contribute to building our society.

We are for EVERYONE, and we LIVE UNITED!

-The United Way Board of Directors and Staff