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United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut’s Statement on Racial Equity

Jun.17, 2020

United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut has joined the 14 other independent United Ways in Connecticut with a collective statement affirming our continued commitment to racial equity.

In addition to the Connecticut United Ways statement, we’re also affirming our commitment to the residents we serve by addressing equity, recognizing systemic racism and its adverse effects on student achievement, economic mobility and health.

We invite you to join us in this work.


Connecticut United Ways Statement on Race, Equity and Justice

Connecticut United Ways stand together with residents to end injustice and systemic racism. The deaths of and continued acts of violence towards Black Americans must end. As United Ways, we commit to partnering in local efforts to take positive action.

We strive to make our State a place where everyone has an equal opportunity to prosper regardless of race. Now, more than ever, we must continue to work together to support each other in promoting racial equity, both in how we live our lives and how we LIVE UNITED.

We call on each other to take positive action in being part of the solution leading to true equity in criminal justice, education, housing, health, and access to opportunity.

Connecticut United Ways pledge to do our part. We, as a society, can and must do better to guarantee that the basic human rights and freedoms of every person in every community are protected now and as we move forward.

Join us. Contact your local United Way to learn more about how to get involved: www.ctunitedway.org/ctuways

About Connecticut United Ways

Connecticut United Ways advance the common good by creating opportunities for all, with a particular focus on education, income/financial security, health, and basic needs – the building blocks for a good quality of life. We engage people and organizations throughout our communities who bring passion, expertise, and resources needed to get things done, and we invite everyone to be part of the change.


United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut’s Statement on Racial Equity

United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut extends its condolences to families who have lost loved ones in violent acts against Black Americans. These deaths and continued acts of violence must end, and we commit to partnering in local efforts to take positive action.

Our mission is to engage and bring together people and resources committed to the well-being of children and families in our community. We do this with a vision of community where opportunities are available for every child to succeed in school and for every family to achieve financial security.

Achieving this vision means addressing equity, recognizing systemic racism and acknowledging its adverse effects on student achievement, economic mobility and health, both physical and mental.

We commit to continued emphasis on racial equity and inclusion in engaging volunteers, funding community-based programs, and collaborating with others. We also commit to greater advocacy in promoting racial equity and inclusion in public policy efforts.

It will take all of us listening to each other, respecting each other, and holding ourselves and each other accountable to create a safe, equitable community that demonstrates Black lives matter.

Join us. Together we will make a difference.

 

Donald Allan, Jr.
Chair, Board of Directors

 

Paula S. Gilberto
President and CEO