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Mission, Goals, & History

The mission of United Way of Chatham County is to increase the financial and human resources available for providing human care services to county residents.

Goals

History

In 1985, a committee composed of Fearrington Village residents and other local citizens worked with the United Way of Wake County to establish Chatham’s own local United Way. A local Board of Directors was assembled and Michael Griggs served as Executive Director on loan from United Way of Wake County. Strong support from Fearrington Village and Carolina Meadows, as well as corporate support from Allied, Carolina Power & Light, and Kayser-Roth Corporation, resulted in the campaign reaching the $45,000 goal. Over the last 35 years, United Way has grown its donor base and increased financial support for human service programs to assist those in need in Chatham County.

Non-Discrimination

The United Way affirms and fully endorses a policy of non-discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin or physical or mental disability for clients, employees and members of the Board of Directors. 

ANTI-RACISM AND ETHNIC DISCRIMINATION STATEMENT

We recognize structural racism/ethnic discrimination and other forms of oppression have contributed to persistent disparities which United Way seeks to dismantle.

We understand that these disparities have existed in the past and persist into 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/ethnic discrimination because it undermines the well-being and vitality of our communities.

Our United Way network strives to engage community members, especially those whose voices have traditionally been marginalized.

We work with residents and public and private partners to co-create solutions that ensure everyone has the resources, supports, opportunities and networks they need to thrive.

We commit to leveraging all of our assets (convening, strategic investments, awareness building, advocacy) to create more equitable communities.

Adopted from United Way Worldwide on April 22, 2021

DIVERSITY, EQUITY AND INCLUSION STATEMENT OF PRINCIPLE

We take the broadest possible view of diversity. 

We value the visible and invisible qualities that make you who you are.

We welcome that every person brings a unique perspective and experience to advance our mission and advance our efforts for the health, education, and financial stability of every person in every community.

We believe that each United Way community member, donor, volunteer, advocate, and employee must have equitable access to solving community problems.

We strive to include diversity, equity, and inclusion practices at the center of our daily work.

We commit to using these practices for our business and our communities.

Adapted from United Way Worldwide on April 22, 2021

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