Tygart Valley United Way recognizes that structural racism, ethnic discrimination, and other forms of oppression have contributed to racially-based disparities that have existed in the past and persist in the present.
We acknowledge that these inequities are the result of policies and practices that work to marginalize entire populations of people.
We unequivocally denounce racism and ethnic discrimination because they undermine the well-being and vitality of our communities.
We envision a community where everyone has the tools and opportunity to thrive. To make this a reality we strive to engage community members, especially those whose voices have traditionally been marginalized, in the shared work of achieving equity and empowerment. We are committed to racial equity both internally through our work environment, and externally through our community partners.
We commit to creating and upholding a more equitable and thriving Tygart Valley by leveraging all of our assets alongside our partners, through collaboration, strategic investments, education, and advocacy.
Statement of Values
Tygart Valley United Way's 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.
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 CEO 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.