Commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

We envision communities where all lives are uplifted

Our long-standing commitment to the values of diversity, equity and inclusion is essential to our vision of communities where all lives are uplifted.

A call toward truth, grace, power and justice

Though all humans are equal in the eyes of God, everyday reality treats some people as less valuable than others. We have a moral and spiritual obligation to do our part to address past and current injustices to those who are disadvantaged socially, politically, and economically. We always strive to be aware of the myriad ways we might contribute to those inequities.

Our diversity commitment is a call toward truth, grace, power, and justice. This call awakens the vulnerability within all of us. This is an opportunity to meet heart-to-heart regardless of privilege, lack of privilege, power, or powerlessness.

Valuing diversity

We value diverse experiences and voices. We value the rich diversity among individuals and groups across multiple dimensions including, but not limited to: race, ethnicity, nationality, age, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, cognitive aptitude, physical ability, religious belief, and socioeconomic status. We understand these identities as both multiple and intersecting, rarely standing alone in the experience of one person.

Our commitments

We commit to continuing to cultivate a culture within Volunteers of America Minnesota/Wisconsin where all people count, feel they belong, and are valued for their contributions. In pursuit of our mission — to help people build hope, resilience and well-being — we commit to:

  • Serve a wide range of people and communities — embracing and valuing diversity;
  • Recruit a diverse board of directors, staff, and volunteers;
  • Partner with funders to achieve our shared diversity, inclusion and equity goals;
  • Identify and work with diverse vendors, contractors and consultants;
  • Advocate public policy that advances inclusion and equity; intercultural understanding through learning opportunities and intentionally inclusive dialogue; and
  • Cultivate an environment that vigorously commits to the development and success of people with identities seen and not seen that have been historically marginalized. We acknowledge that identity is a visible and invisible set of attributes, preferences and experiences.

We apply the principles of diversity, equity and inclusion in our policies and practices. We embed these principles in our strategic plan. We understand these commitments as a continuous process, which we believe will contribute to a more equitable, sustainable, peaceful, and just world... a world that fulfills God's hope for all of us.

Adopted at June 28, 2016 Board Meeting