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– Statement on Diversity, Equity, Inclusion

Our Commitment- Creating Equitable Communities through Powerful Partnerships

 

 United Way of Cache Valley seeks to engage the entire community in our work without regard to race, religion, national origin, ethnicity, age, gender, gender identity, & expression, disability, sexual orientation, veteran-status, familial status or socio-economic status. That commitment will be reflected in all aspects of United Way’s work – service delivery, staffing or volunteer participation.

Despite this commitment, we know we could do more to explicitly challenge inequitable systems in our community.  We must do better and we are committed to this work moving forward. 

These statements describe our commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.

Diversity

Diversity is a tremendous asset.  We believe that centering diversity means seeking out experiences, backgrounds, and perspectives that are different from our own.  We aspire to center the skills, perspectives, and experiences of diverse community members at all stages of our work.  We aim for practices that draw in team members, partners, and board members from diverse backgrounds.  We commit to amplify cultures and points of view that historically have not been valued and heard in decision-making. 

Equity

We believe every person is entitled to dignity and respect. We are committed to creating more equitable communities that provide every person an equal opportunity to thrive.  Equity is both a value we must live and an outcome we must achieve. 

We believe that equity work starts with knowing and challenging our own biases, mindsets, and harmful behaviors. We aspire to look inward first, at our organization and at ourselves as individuals. We aspire to speak about inequities openly, with a commitment to examine our own biases and our role in the systems that exclude and marginalize so many community members.

We strive to be part of collectively reimagining a community designed for all to thrive. We aim to collaboratively transform the systems that we are a part of that create inequitable outcomes. We strive to use our own power to eliminate disparities based on race and income. We commit to listening and learning and then pursuing collective action that is designed with those most oppressed by our current systems.

 

Inclusion

We strive to create an inclusive working environment in our organization and in the partnerships we support- one where everyone is heard, where everyone is treated fairly and respectfully, and where everyone has access to opportunities and resources.  We aim to create an inclusive space where community members are co-leading the design implementation and evaluation of the strategies we pursue. 

These statements are an aspiration for what we want to be as an organization.  We know more must be done and we are committed to doing it with vulnerability, humility and a commitment to sustained action.  This statement will evolve as we listen to different perspectives, reflect, heal, and learn. 

 

 

 

United Way of Cache Valley

Statement on Racial Justice and Healing

Working for Racial Justice-An Invitation for Self Reflection and Collective Action

United Way of Cache Valley (UWCV) denounces racism in all its forms – visible and hidden- structural, and systemic.  We cannot overcome racism unless we actively pursue its elimination.  We must speak about it openly with humility and a sincere desire to examine our own biases and our role in the systems that exclude or marginalize community members of color. 

We will seek out and learn from those impacted by racism and work together to dismantle racism in our community.  We are committed to following:

  • Continue to build and strengthen partnerships that close disparity gaps
  • Use data to shine a light on disparities based on race, religion, national origin, ethnicity, age, gender, gender identity, & expression, disability, sexual orientation, veteran-status, familial status or socio-economic status.
  • Communicate and demonstrate that equity and anti-racism is a core organizational value that is embedded in everything we do: service delivery, staffing, board recruitment, and volunteer participation.
  • Increase our role in participating in and leading education and community dialogue.
  • Explore new partnerships, and offer support to organizations leading racial equity work.

We invite those in our community who are wondering how to engage with others in working to build a community free of racism and oppression to advocate alongside us. 

 

Preparing to Move Closer to a Senior Loved One

Story Provided by: Hazel Bridges

Photo Credit: Kampus Production via Pexels

Long-distance caregiving is a challenging aspect of caring for an older loved one. Even if you live in the same city as your senior family member, the distance can impact your ability to be there for them. Below are some factors to consider when deciding if it’s the right time to move closer to your loved one, presented by United Way of Cache Valley.

Consider Their Needs

The first thing you should do when deciding whether to move closer to senior loved ones is to consider their needs. Has their health or lifestyle changed? 

If their health or safety is now at risk, it might be time to consider moving closer to them or moving them to a safer situation, such as an assisted living facility. Here are some signs that it’s time to make a change:

  • They’re feeling isolated. Your loved one spends most of their time alone or seems bored and lonely.
  • They need more help. Your loved one needs help with daily activities such as bathing or getting dressed.
  • They have difficulty with money. Your parent has difficulty keeping track of their money.
  • They’ve fallen or had a fall. Your parent has fallen or needs help with physical rehabilitation.
  • They have trouble with medications. They’re taking too many or the wrong medications.

Listen to Their Wishes

The last thing your loved one may want is to lose their independence. If their health is good, they may still wish to live on their own. However, they may need some help, either professional or from a family member. It’s important to listen to their wishes before you make the big move.

Consider All Options

If you’re thinking about relocating or returning to your senior loved one, it’s important to understand all the options you have. Some seniors need assistance with activities of daily living, such as eating, bathing, dressing, and grooming.

Assisted living homes provide help with these activities, while memory care programs and nursing homes provide specialized assistance for those who need a higher level of attention. Senior living facilities provide support and guidance to residents and their families as they age. They usually offer activities, programs, and services designed to meet the physical, emotional, and social needs of older adults. 

Moving and Selling Your Home

You’ll need to engage in some careful planning for yourself, as well. For instance, if you are selling your house and moving closer to your loved one, you’ll need to prepare your current home for sale and find a new one – both of which will take a bit of work. You may not have the luxury of waiting for the right time to sell, so focus on what you can do: declutter, clean up the yard for increase curb appeal, and set a competitive asking price.

Moving Your Business Isn’t Business as Usual

Depending on how far you need to move, you may have to plan to move your business, too. If you have employees in a physical location, ask them to pack up their own belongings so they’re ready by a specific date. If you work from home, do the same for your own items. Pull out things that you’ll need immediately, and clearly label everything else “Office” so you’ll know where it is right away.

Hire Help at Home

If your loved one remains at home, however, there are several options available to them in addition to, or instead of, your in-home help. Consider some of the following services to help in their day-to-day lives.

  • Professional caregivers. They help with daily tasks, sometimes including chores and light medical care.
  • Maintenance/lawn care. Hire the services of a professional company or person who has experience doing lawn care or home repairs for seniors.
  • Meal delivery companies. Get help with home-cooked meal services for the elderly. 
  • Professional gutter cleaning service. If your parents’ gutters are clogged, water can overflow and cause water damage to their home. Ideally, your older family member should have their gutters cleaned twice a year for around $150.

Consider What’s Best

Deciding if you should move closer to your elderly family member or if they’d benefit from long-term care is a big decision. Use this guide to help you and your family make the best decision.

 

If your aging loved one needs help in Utah, contact the United Way of Cache Valley. We may be able to help. Or if you would like to support our volunteer services, you can donate online.

 

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