DIVERSITY, EQUITY AND INCLUSION

We cannot build a better future for our community unless we build it together.

United Way has worked for decades to create an environment that welcomes all cultures and backgrounds — all walks of life and ways of thinking. We spark conversations and forge connections that embrace every voice and point of view. We commit to building and sustaining a workplace that represents our community in all its richness and diversity. We fight systemic inequity and injustice through advocacy, through education and by mobilizing the caring power of our community to make neighborhoods and families stronger.

No matter who you are, we want your voice to be heard. We want to help you make a difference.

After all, we are YOUR United Way.


Bridges Summit County

Bridges Virtual Workshops Now Available!

In order to positively impact the lives of people in poverty, we must explore the way we think and behave. In a Bridges Workshop, you will learn how the economic realities of poverty, class and wealth impact individuals and communities. Learn how you can help promote economic opportunity and economic mobility.

Register for an upcoming Bridges Virtual Workshop at a new, reduced price!

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Poverty Simulation

Should I pay for my child’s medicine, or put gas in my car so I can get to work?

Every day, thousands of people across our community face heartbreaking questions like this one. United Way’s Poverty Simulation invites you to live a simulated day in the life of a family in poverty. Ideal for educators, healthcare providers, businesses, social service agencies and anyone looking to expand their understanding of poverty, this interactive experience asks participants to face a difficult question of their own:

What can WE do to support those struggling for financial survival?

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Implicit Bias Awareness Workshop

Have you ever made a comment, action, or decision that caused offense to someone and never realized until it was brought to your attention? There are social and scientific reasons behind those instances. In our Implicit Bias workshops, we explore how the functions of our unconscious brain impacts our activities, interactions, and behaviors which then could consequently shape our individual and systemic processes.

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Intercultural Development Inventory

Are you beginning your diversity and inclusion journey, or in need of interventions? Our environmental culture and worldviews greatly affect the ways we get along with other individuals, cooperate as teams, and work through cultural differences. Our sensitivities to those differences make the difference in how we may succeed in those situations. The Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI) is an assessment resource that assists in identifying and improving our intercultural awareness and development to bridge cultural differences and interpersonal relationships.

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