Diversity and Inclusion

Statement of Values

United Way of Marion and Taylor Counties’ vision is to be a model of diversity, welcoming and serving everyone. Our goal is to have our Board of Directors, management, staff, and volunteers genuinely demonstrate the principles of diversity, which enrich our country and its communities. We will value individuals without regard to race, religion, color, gender, nationality, sexual orientation, physical challenge, and age. We will recognize the strengths added to our work by the inclusion of a great breadth of life experience and cultural background. Our ability to embrace diversity and to make it an integral part of our organization will enable us to serve our member agencies and the community more effectively. It will also help us attract new volunteers, new employees, and new givers.

Recruitment of Staff and Volunteers

The United Way will offer equal employment opportunities to all when hiring for staff or filling volunteer positions. When possible, position advertisements will encourage minorities to apply for employment or volunteer service.

Nominating Committee

The Nominating Committee will be specifically charged with a mandate to promote diversity, which mirrors our community in the leadership and administration of the United Way.

Cultural Observances and Holidays

When given fair advance notice, the Executive Director will seek to honor an employee’s request for leave on specific days of cultural or religious observances. Unusual workloads may limit the number of employees that can take leave at one time.

Arbitration of Disputes

Any employee or volunteer who feels subject to discrimination on the basis of race, religion, color, gender, nationality, sexual orientation, physical challenge, or age has occurred, shall ask for arbitration of the dispute. The President of the Board of Directors will appoint a panel of three board members to hear the complaint and provide resolution. The decision of the arbitration panel is final in all cases and not subject to appeal. 

Funded Partner Non-Discrimination

The Funded Partner Contract requires that appropriate client services must be provided to eligible individuals without regard to race, religion, color, gender, nationality, sexual orientation, physical challenge, and age.