We cannot beat today’s issues with yesterday’s thinking. Change demands bold new solutions. Therefore, we are redeploying our energies and realigning our resources and partners to drive Mighty Change in our community. Together, we tackle the systemic, interrelated issues holding us back to create more opportunity and access throughout the Valley. Progress will be tracked and reported annually, and we will change courses as needed to stay focused on the right programs and solutions to reach our goals.
Here is where we are focusing our efforts:
In 2020, together, our Board of Directors and staff developed the following Diversity, Equity, Access and Inclusion (DEAI) Vision to guide our organization and the work of MC2026 on behalf of our community.
Inequities are deeply ingrained and systemically upheld. Our work is generational, and no lasting change happens overnight. We will dig deep, confront issues with honesty and take the difficult steps every day to accomplish these goals. Over time and with sustained effort, as the principles of DEAI integrate into all elements of how Valley of the Sun United Way functions, we will shift our organizational culture, ensuring both internal and external work filters through a DEAI lens. We will stand in solidarity with community members and partner with other organizations calling for systemic change to address racial disparities in our community and across our nation. We will lead by example, sharing best practices, learnings, as well as remaining open to listening and learning from others.
Investing long term in DEAI is our duty to the diverse communities we serve. Proving our sustained commitment to equity and inclusion we will build trust with those communities, and reshape the public narratives surrounding our organizational impacts.
We will model the importance of starting with self to create the change we want to see for our sector and society. 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.
No single organization can reach our community’s mighty goals alone. But together, we will. When you give up to $800, you can get it back dollar for dollar through the Arizona Charitable Tax Credit. Donate by April 18, 2022, to claim your tax credit in your 2021 taxes!
We couldn’t do it without you! Our corporate partners work with us to create a stronger community by launching workplace campaigns, advocating, and volunteering their time and talent. By supporting Mighty Change, companies are sending a powerful message to employees and customers that care about the place they call home and want to help make a difference. Taking the lead is our Million Dollar Corporate Circle, the partners that impact our community with a commitment of more than $1 million annually:
APS, Edward Jones, Freeport-McMoRan, Inc., QuikTrip, and SRP.
Nonprofits across the valley collect gently used clothing to give to people in need. Have a dress that just doesn’t fit the way it used to? It could be the perfect outfit to help someone else nail their job interview.
Valley of the Sun United Way is celebrating Women’s History Month by looking to the future. We asked members of Women United to share thoughts and advice for young women in our community.
Women’s History Month is a great time to support nonprofits who focus on helping and empowering women and girls in our community.
Got 30 minutes? Use it to help kids in our community sharpen their reading skills. VELLO®, Valley of the Sun United Way’s online tutoring program, pairs professionals with students to provide 1-on-1 tutoring sessions. It is all digital, so you don’t even have to leave your home or office.
“How do we change the world? One random act of kindness at a time” - Morgan Freeman
Many of us talk about the significance of DEI, DE&I or DEAI, but what about the impacts on your business or organizations’ success?
Celebrate Black History Month all throughout the Valley with these various activities and events.
Black History Month is a time to honor the impactful contributions Black Americans have made to our country and local community. During this time, reflect on the achievements of Black Americans in history and everyday heroes close to you!
Valley of the Sun United Way has a five-year plan for creating Mighty Change in Maricopa County. We are working alongside nonprofit organizations to achieve seven bold goals. One of those goals is to empower our young adults through education.
Celebrate the life and legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. by serving others in our community.
Reading skills go beyond the student and classroom. That’s why Stand for Children, with the support of Valley of the Sun United Way and our donors, engages parents in their child’s learning.
Tempe Community Action Agency's I-HELP and Oasis Drop-In Center are two of more than 100 programs that each play a distinct role in achieving our mighty community goal to reduce homelessness in Maricopa County by 50% by 2026.