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EQUITY

EQUITY FOR ALL

United Way of Southern Chester County promotes equity, creates opportunity, and improves lives by increasing access to education, employment, health, and housing. We achieve equity by dismantling systemic and institutional barriers that underrepresented communities face in the quest to realize their dreams.

We respect and value all people without regard to race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, national origin or citizenship status, age or ability status. We expect our partner organizations, grantees, staff, volunteers, board members, vendors, and key collaborators to uphold these standards also.

We recognize systems change is a marathon and not a sprint. We seek to build and create understanding while leaning into the discomfort it may bring. We believe southern Chester County can reach its maximum potential where everyone, regardless of background, can realize our area’s promise.

OUR COMMUNITY

  • United Way commits to pursuing a more just, fair, and equitable society where one’s background does not predict future outcomes.
  • We vigorously reject and vehemently oppose racism, sexism, discrimination, prejudice, and injustice in all forms.
  • We believe access to opportunities need not be predicated by one’s race, gender identity, sexual orientation, or social characteristics.
  • Our mission is to empower leaders and mobilize the caring power of communities to improve lives. As a leader in uniting and motivating others for good, we tackle tough problems by co-creating solutions with change agents and grassroots leaders representing all walks of life.

OUR PEOPLE

  • United Way believes in a diverse workforce reflecting the richness and vibrancy of the community we serve.
  • Equity, diversity, and inclusion principles drive our work and undergird our vision of an inclusive workplace where differences are embraced, and employees feel a real sense of belonging. These same ideals are shared by our board members, donors, and volunteers.

OUR IMPACT

  • We are committed to responsible community investment and the equitable distribution of grant funds.
  • Through our allocation grants process, we seek to strengthen families, fund access to healthcare and help with housing and food, and provide educational opportunities to transition people to independence.
  • Far too often, historical inequities and institutional racism result in deeper educational disparities among students of diverse backgrounds, particularly students of color. By supporting the potential of young people striving for a quality education, we can significantly improve postsecondary outcomes and access to stable employment.
  • We employ evidence-based approaches to address complex community needs. By listening actively and gathering data about the challenges facing those in our region, we craft evidence-based solutions that will stand the test of time.