Diversity & Inclusion

Diversity Equity & Inclusion Statement

UWLES fosters and maintains an environment where diversity, equity, and inclusion are valued and upheld in all of the work that we do. We believe in treating everyone with integrity and value all our staff, volunteers, partners, clients, and community members.


  • UWLES encourages all individuals to embrace diversity. We work diligently to treat everyone with the utmost care and compassion, honoring the human rights of every individual.
  • UWLES collaborates with our community to ensure everyone has equitable access to the resources, support, opportunities, and networks they need to thrive.
  • UWLES fosters an inclusive, healthy, and strong community where everyone feels valued and empowered.

Statement of Principle

More than 125 years ago, the diverse community leaders who founded United Way crossed cultural, religious and economic boundaries to make a difference through collective action. Today, diversity and inclusion remain vital to achieving our mission, living our values and advancing the common good.

United Way of the Lower Eastern Shore fosters and promotes an inclusive environment that leverages the unique contributions of diverse individuals and organizations so that we can collectively and effectively create opportunities for a better life for all.

United Way of the Lower Eastern Shore takes the broadest possible view of diversity, going beyond visible differences to affirm the essence of all individuals including the realities, background, experiences, skills and perspectives that make each person who they are.  Engaging the power of diverse talent and partners results in innovative solutions and the community ownership necessary to address complex community issues.

Diversity and inclusion are at the heart of what it means to LIVE UNITED.


Racial Equity Statement

UWLES recognizes that systemic racism and oppression negatively impact our Lower Shore community and result in disparities in health, education, and financial stability. Every indiviudal is entitled to freedom from these systemic forces that have historically marginalized them and limited their opportunities. 

UWLES strives to address disparities by focusing on racial equity in our financial support, awareness-building, and advocacy. We also strive to advance racial equity in our leadership and staff, partners, donors, and volunteers. Our organization is committed to an equitable Lower Shore community, in which race or ethnicity is not a determinant or barrier to an individual's health, education or financial stability.