United Way of Randolph County recognizes structural racism and other forms of oppression that have contributed to persistent disparities which we seek to dismantle. How we show up in our community is just as important as what we do. Our Guiding Principles will serve as an outward-facing promise and an inward-facing set of standards for all board, staff, and volunteers.
Equity is at the Center of Who We Are.
Recognize and challenge the dominant cultural narratives, norms, and power structures that prevent all people from belonging and thriving. Equity is achieved when systemic, institutional, and historical barriers based on race, gender, sexual orientation, and other identities are dismantled and no longer predict socioeconomic, education, and health outcomes.
Live out our Vision, Mission, and Guiding Principles with empathy and compassion, even when difficult or unpopular. Through ongoing training and thoughtful conversations, we understand the pathway to equity is continuous and requires a collective approach with all our partners, advocates, and donors. We commit to reviewing our progress and assessing where gaps may exist, including our commitment to a diverse board and staff.
Continuously learn, innovate, and evolve to confront emerging challenges and opportunities. We recognize disparities exist in our community and the voices of the underrepresented are not always heard. We are committed to dismantling structural racism and other forms of oppression that have historically divided our community and provided every member of our community from living their best life.
Ensure that our work is guided by community experts, including the lived experience of people most impacted by poverty and injustice. Earn community trust through dependability, transparency, and a commitment to achieving results. Support our community and partners regardless of race, religion, gender, nationality, language differences, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, socioeconomic status, work and behavioral styles, parental status, differing perspectives, lived experiences, as well as physical, mental, and developmental abilities. We understand we need to strengthen these communities and elevate their voices.