United Way of St. Joseph County has always been proud to be part of a community that steps up in times of crisis. And our world is facing a crisis.
The senseless murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis has sparked protests throughout the world – protests that call on us to recognize the presence of systemic racism in our country. Our communities of color deserve justice and dignity.
As a nation and as a local community, the racism crisis isn’t new, and it is not enough for us to simply say we value diversity. ADVOCACY is one of our core values and we are committed to holding ourselves and our community accountable to standing against racism. Everyone can help, regardless of race – it’s time to get involved.
We preach that United We Fight, United We Win. More than ever, it’s time to Fight United. We stand against racism. We stand for inclusion. We stand with our fellow Black employees, storytellers, creators, and the entire Black community. We stand United.
Get involved by:
Educating yourself – Listen, then learn. This movement goes far beyond protests and social media and must be ongoing. Resources to help practice antiracism can be found here and here.
Attending a protest – there is strength in numbers.
Sending supplies to protesters – Consider donating supplies to those who are out on the front lines. Supplies include: food, water, masks, and first aid equipment.
Donating – Donate to organizations that support communities of color.
Color of Change: Leads campaigns that challenge injustice and hold leaders accountable.
NAACP: Works to eliminate race-based discrimination and ensure the well-being of all.