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Diversity and Inclusion Policy Statement

United We Fight. United We Win.

The United Way of Lackawanna and Wayne Counties (UWLWC) plays a unique role in the community as a leader in the health and human services sector. We firmly believe that to successfully carry out our organizational vision and mission, UWLWC must be committed to diversity. 
We understand that UWLWC is strong as an organization and central to our community because of the respect, dignity and value we give to all individuals; and because we aspire to involve people from all segments of our community in every aspect of our work. Our intent is to create and sustain an environment that encourages all individuals to reach their fullest potential in a positive and productive manner.
UWLWC shall recruit, hire, train, promote, compensate, terminate and provide terms, conditions and privileges of employment solely on the basis of personnel requirements and individual personal qualification and abilities. UWLWC shall recruit Board Members in the same fashion. UWLWC does not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, creed, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, gender, age (40 or over), disability, genetic information, marital status, sexual orientation/preference, veteran, citizenship or military status, provided they are qualified and meet the mental and physical requirements for the job.
The nominating committee of the Board, in nominating persons for the Board of Directors, shall make every effort to see that the Board is at all times representative of the community and includes individuals with the understanding and appreciation of the social and welfare needs and resources of our geographic area and representative of the diversity of our citizenry. 
UWLWC staff members, volunteers or representatives are held accountable for promoting and fostering diversity, inclusiveness and equal opportunity for all stakeholders. By their actions, we ensure our organizational priorities and decision-making processes are the best they can be.
UWLWC’s commitment is clearly stated in the following guidelines:
  • Value, champion and embrace diversity and inclusiveness in all aspects of UWLWC activities
  • Respect others without regard to race, color, religion, creed, age, sex, national origin or ancestry, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, disability, or other characteristic, including those protected by law
  • Treat people with dignity, respect and compassion
  • Foster a trusting work environment which supports and promotes equal opportunity; and which is free of harassment, intimidation and unlawful discrimination.
In summary, diversity is one of our greatest strengths and is an essential element to the success of our organization. We are committed to ensuring our actions conform to the spirit and intent of our strongly held values of inclusiveness, equal opportunity, dignity and respect for all. 
Voted and approved – May 24, 2012