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Our Commitment to Equity

As an interconnected community focused on equity and inclusion,
we can draw from our best minds, courageous leaders, responsive services
and collaborative partnerships, and bring forth working solutions to shape our future.

To Go Forward We Must Acknowledge Our Past

Black, Indigenous, Latinx, Asian American, Pacific Islander and People of Color from low-wealth households are among the most vulnerable to poor economic, educational and health outcomes. While some believe these differences are based on individual effort, attitude or skills, the reality is barriers in our society – public policies and private practices – have led to deep and predictable disparities, leaving people behind. These disparities are the result of long-standing racism, oppression, discrimination, and inequities, sometimes purposely built into our housing, food, education, employment, and criminal justice systems, going back 400 years. As a result, Minnesota continues to face one of the worst opportunity gaps in the nation for People of Color.

We at Greater Twin Cities United Way vehemently oppose all forms of racism and discrimination, and work diligently to unite changemakers, advocate for social good and develop solutions to address the challenges no one can solve alone through five key offerings: information and crisis services (United Way’s 211 Resource Helpline; Suicide Prevention Lifeline); nonprofit partnerships; advocacy to influence equitable public policies and funding; innovation; and business partnerships. Please join us in transforming the Greater Twin Cities into a community where all people thrive – regardless of income, race, or place.

Equity at the Center of Our Work

The Need for Change is Now

Our mission of uniting changemakers to address challenges no one can solve alone has never been more critical. We address short-term needs and create lasting change with equity at the center by coupling strategy and data with compassion and inclusion through five core areas of our work.

Changemaker [cheynj-mey-ker]

noun | A person or organization that sees the problems in the world around them, identifies solutions and courageously takes action to transform their communities.

Fuel Urgent Change

As a community changemaker you can fuel our work by making a donation, joining our advocacy work, volunteering and more.

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Events and Updates

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How United Way’s 988 Suicide Prevention Lifeline is Helping People Move from Pain to Possibilities

September 1, 2022
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From Basic Needs to Justice: Cultivating a Thriving Food System

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Growing Economic Opportunity By Supporting Healthier Food Systems

August 17, 2022
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