Diversity and Inclusion Statement

UNITED WAY OF WHITESIDE COUNTY
DIVERSITY POLICY STATEMENT 

Approved by the Board of Directors on November 20, 2014

Underlying the role and mission of the United Way of Whiteside County (UWWC) is a firm belief in the dignity of all people. We reaffirm this belief in our policies which guide and direct our employment practices, program funding, volunteer recruitment, and service delivery.

Diversity, as defined by UWWC, provides equal opportunity to all people without regard to race, creed, color, religion, marital status, sexual orientation, disability, sex, age, or national origin. UWWC promotes the full realization of this policy through the positive recognition of the value of diversity.

Diversity and Employment:

UWWC is fully committed to assuring equal opportunity and equal consideration to all qualified applicants and employees in personnel matters including recruitment, hiring, training, promotions, salaries and other compensation, transfer and layoff or termination.

In the implementation of this policy, UWWC will aggressively seek personnel for all job levels within the organization without regard to race, creed, color, religion, marital status, sexual orientation, disability, sex, age or national origin. The intent of this policy is to reflect the positive value of diversity in the community.

Diversity and Program Funding:

UWWC is fully committed to the funding of programs that provide equal opportunity and access for all without regard to race, creed, color, religion, marital status, sexual orientation, disability, sex, age, or national origin. In the implementation of this policy, UWWC will continue to provide funding to programs that target underserved populations as identified through continuous community assessment. The intent of this policy is to provide funding to meet the needs of, and support the diversity of our community.

Diversity and Volunteer Recruitment:

UWWC is fully committed to the recruitment of volunteers to fill all volunteer positions within the organization without regard to race, creed, color, religion, marital status, sexual orientation, disability, sex, age, or national origin.

In the implementation of this policy, UWWC will aggressive seek volunteers from the community who reflect and acknowledge the value of diversity, including, but not limited to minority group members, women and the disabled.

Diversity and Service Delivery:

UWWC is fully committed to the delivery and provision of service to meet the needs of the community as identified through a continuous assessment process.

In the implementation of this policy, UWWC will grant program funding to those organizations which demonstrate the commitment to provide service without regard to race, creed, color, religion, marital status, sexual orientation, disability, sex, age, or national origin or which have as their legitimate stated purpose or mission the servicing of specific population segments.

Responsibility:

In order to promote and value diversity, the active participation and support of all members of the organization will be required.

Allocation of Funds

Your United Way contribution goes to work creating lasting changes right here in Whiteside County, Illinois. Local volunteers invest your contributions in the areas of your community that need the most help. 

Some of the funds support programs and services that help people with basic needs, such as childcare, emergency shelter and food. Volunteers direct your contributions to the programs that get the best results.

United Way also works to keep people from needing those services in the first place. Working with a broad range of community partners, United Way supports new approaches that focus on prevention and community changes.

FAQ's

What does United Way do?
United Way of Whiteside County is committed to improving lives and strengthening our communities.  We serve as a resource connecting people to services and programs they need and through a yearly allocation process, we ensure that your donated dollars are spent on programs that are a high priority issue in our county.

Who do you fund?
United Way of Whiteside County funds 21 agencies with over 36 health and human services programs.  Click here for a list of our agencies.

How does United Way make a difference?
United Way works with community leaders to identify the root causes of our communities’ high priority issues.  Agencies and community volunteers work together to achieve results that matter.

What are your overhead costs?
United Way is committed to keeping overhead costs low so that your donated dollars can make a difference in Whiteside County.  In 2015 operational and administrative expenses held steady at 19 percent. 

Does United Way give money to church affiliated agencies?
United Way does not fund any religious activities but does fund health and human services programs within church affiliated agencies.

Will I receive a receipt for my donation?
If your personal donation is over $250 you will receive a tax receipt at the end of January.  If your donation comes through payroll deduction we cannot issue a receipt because payments from the employer are not broken down by individual donor amounts.

Join Us - Volunteer

United Way needs people like you—people with strong voices and a desire for change—to support our cause. Join the movement and help build a better life for us all.

At the United Way of Whiteside County, we are working on a vigorous Volunteer program for 2017. Anyone can champion the cause. Whether you’re speaking out to improve education, income and health, or wearing the LIVE UNITED shirt to show your support, you can help inspire hope and create opportunities for a better tomorrow. So go ahead and advocate in a LIVE UNITED world. Advocate for United Way of Whiteside County and show your support. Please fill out the form below, or if you cannot do that, call us at 815-625-7973. Jessica Smith, our director of volunteers, will be in touch. Thank you!

If you would like to submit your information online, please visit our Volunteer Application Form.

Donate Today

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Your gift - regardless of the amount - will be used to stabilize families, help kids succeed and empower good health for people who call Whiteside County home. Together we are strengthening our communities and improving lives. Thank you!.

*The Internal Revenue Service recognizes United Way Whiteside County as a Section 501(c)(3) public charity. Gifts to United Way are tax deductible in the U.S.A. Our Federal Tax ID # is 36-6009102. No goods or services were forwarded or offered in exchange for this contribution. *Paying with the Paypal link above reduces your donation because there is a fee assessed. 

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