Equity is the foundation of our work, from our investment of community resources to our interactions with the public. We define equity as the presence of justice and fairness within the procedures, processes, and distribution of resources by institutions or systems. We commit to equality as a core value and practice to advance our mission of connecting people, resources, and organizations to create a thriving community for everyone. Our mission compels us to prioritize historically marginalized and systematically excluded people. It is necessary to focus on race, ethnicity, and socioeconomic status, as well as other intersectional identities, to end the historical, social and systematic inequalities that exist in our service area.
The United Way of Northeast Missouri recognizes the value of inclusiveness by encouraging the full participation of all individuals in fulfilling its mission of increasing the capacity of people to care for one another. The United Way of Northeast Missouri recognizes the strengths of a diverse society of different individuals, cultures and perspectives whose knowledge, skills and talents enrich us as a people. The United Way of Northeast Missouri encourages inclusion of diverse members of our community in its operations and decision-making.