Diversity and Inclusion Statement

Diversity and Inclusion Statement

Since 1945, community leaders who founded the United Way of Portage County crossed cultural, religious, and economic boundaries to make a difference through collective action. Today, diversity and inclusion remain vital to achieving our mission, living our values, and advancing the common good. 


United Way of Portage County fosters and promotes an inclusive environment that leverages the unique contributions of diverse individuals and organizations in all aspects of our work. We know that by bringing diverse individuals and viewpoints together we can collectively and more effectively create opportunities for a better life for all. 


United Way takes the broadest possible view of diversity, going beyond visible differences to affirm the essence of all individuals including the realities, background, experiences, skills, and perspectives that make each person who they are. Engaging the power of diverse talent and partners results in innovative solutions and the community ownership necessary to address complex community issues.


  • Diversity includes expressions of identity reflecting the realities, background, experiences, and perspectives of all individuals, such as the unique attributes of race, ethnicity, nationality, socioeconomic status, education, age, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, ability, and beliefs.


  • Equity ensures just treatment, advancement, and access to opportunities for a safe, healthy, and thriving life while identifying and working to eliminate barriers.


  • Inclusion means creating an environment in which all are welcomed, respected, and able to participate and bring their authentic selves to work.


To build sustainable, inclusive, and resilient communities and an organizational culture where each employee and volunteer feels valued and supported.  UWPC is committed to: acknowledging and eliminating inequities within our policies and systems, and promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion within our volunteer groups and staff.

We expect staff, volunteers, and community partners to uphold these values as we work together to build a more equitable and inclusive community.  Harassment, bullying, and discrimination will not be tolerated.  We are opposed to all racial and ethnic forms of discrimination.  We consider diversity, equity, and inclusion integral to our work, and at the heart of what it means to Live United.