Our Commitment to Racial Justice

Volunteers of America Minnesota and Wisconsin stands shoulder to shoulder with all who proclaim that Black Lives Matter. The senseless killings of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and countless others highlight the injustices long present in our country. Clearly, we must do more to end racism and racial inequity. This is a sacred moment in history in which we are called to act. We will join with and amplify efforts led by Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) to tackle personal biases and systemic oppression.

We must do better in our own racial justice work. For some time, we have actively grappled with issues of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. We have made advances, but they are not big or fast enough to match our values and the urgency of this moment. We commit to listen, reflect more deeply, and sustain action to overcome racism and racial inequity. In our work, we will challenge ourselves to address the structural root causes of racial disparities in housing, education, family support, health and well-being, and criminal justice.

As a large and long-historied nonprofit organization with a broad reach, we acknowledge our privilege and recognize the need to apply our power as allies to advance racial justice. We will engage in the conversation and the work — as uncomfortable as it may be. We will seek out voices from those who have historically been oppressed. We will work to be part of the solution. We are committed to listening, learning, and using our resources to be a positive voice for change. We will examine and expand our role in the long road ahead to build more equitable communities where all lives are uplifted.