Valley of the Sun United Way believes in creating a better future for everyone in our community. We celebrate diversity and know that it makes us stronger.
As a 95-year-old organization and demonstrated community leader, we plan to showcase that progress and change are absolutely possible, no matter the size, age, or history of any entity.
We know that Inequities are deeply ingrained and systemically upheld. Valley of the Sun United Way stands in solidarity with community members and partner with other organizations calling for systemic change in our community and across our nation.
An ally is someone who supports and encourages the people around them. That can look like:
Listen to other’s stories about their personal experience. Podcasts are a great place to start!
You can also research LGBTQ+ history and learn about the barriers the community still face today, including workplace discrimination. There are many resources online that can help you.
Understand the privilege that comes with being cis-gendered or straight. This privilege doesn’t mean you haven’t faced your own struggles. It just means that you won’t face the same issues or prejudices because of the way you were born. It can be difficult to understand discrimination if you don’t experience it. Knowing about your own privilege will help you be a better ally.
The National Juvenile Defender Center (NJDC) put together an article on privilege. Find examples to help you better understand privilege.
Using correct pronouns and names shows others you respect their gender-identity. If you are unsure of someone’s pronoun, just ask! Asking is always better than assuming.
It's possible that you'll make mistakes and that's okay. The important thing is that you are learning and you care to fix your mistake. If you find yourself in a situation where you misgender someone, apologize and use the correct pronouns moving forward.
Using gender-neutral words in everyday conversations can help. The Diversity Center put together a guide for using inclusive language. Check out the guide.
Valley of the Sun United Way is committed to creating an equitable, inclusive community for everyone. Our Mighty Change 5-year plan ensures all residents in Maricopa County have the support they need to lead healthy, happy lives.