Diversity & Inclusion

Diversity Equity & Inclusion Statement

United Way of the Lower Eastern Shore (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.


Racial Equity Statement


United Way of the Lower Eastern Shore (UWLES) recognizes that systemic racism and oppression negatively impact our Lower Shore community and result in disparities in health, education, and financial stability. Every individual 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.