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Hope in the face of tension

At the Y, we know communities can be safe, vital and cohesive, because we have seen it happen -- indeed, we have helped make it happen, by respecting all people and creating welcoming environments.

 


We believe

We believe the Y must continue to lead the way to a brighter future by following our belief that we are stronger when our doors are open to all. Our policies, practices and programs must advance our organizational commitment to diversity and inclusion. We must sustain our support for newcomers and immigrants, in partnership with our colleagues at Ys in 120 countries. We must ensure all people -- across all dimensions of diversity -- feel welcome and valued as part of the Y family.

 


Our Changing Communities

Communities across the U.S. are rapidly changing. As neighborhoods become more diverse, it is important that we, with great intentionality, understand who is in our communities and how best to serve their interests and needs.

 


Open for All

We also believe that in a diverse world, we are stronger when we are inclusive and our doors are open to all. It is therefore critical to both our mission and our business that Ys develop and integrate strategies to effectively engage, advocate for and serve all. This commitment to access, inclusion and engagement helps to ensure the Y’s continued relevancy, viability and impact as a cause-driven organization focused on strengthening community.


The Road Ahead

The road ahead may not always be smooth, but we are proud to walk it in the name of our great organization and our great country. Together, we will make it better.

 

Full Diversity and Inclusion Infographic

Diversity Wheel

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Volunteers are key to the success of the YMCA. Our staff depends on the talent and the extra hands that make everything we do a little extra special.