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Make A Difference Day 2020




United Way of Olmsted County is continuously seeking to engage the entire community in our work. We value the intentional inclusion of everyone in our community. We strive to dismantle systemic, institutional, and historical barriers based on race, gender, sexual orientation, and other identities so they no longer determine socioeconomic, education, and health outcomes. We recognize this as a statement of principal that outlines our commitment to building sustainable, inclusive, and resilient organizations and communities through all aspects of United Way’s work – including our staff, our volunteers, our partners and the communities we serve. 


United Way of Olmsted County’s vision and mission center on diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging. Our vision is that “Olmsted County is a community where all individuals and families thrive – a community where everyone has the opportunity to live a healthy life, acquire the education and skills they need to earn a good living and have a roof over their heads.” 

To that end, we work with public, private, and nonprofit partners to improve lives and empower every family to succeed by uniting around education, health, and financial stability - the cornerstone of a strong, equitable community. 


Nominate a deserving company or organization

and join us at Make A Difference Day

Wednesday, June 24th 2020, during Rochesterfest

We will be recognizing 5 outstanding companies and organizations that are going above and beyond by providing their time, talents, treasure, and resources to help improve diversity, equit, and inclusion in our community / make Olmsted County a more equitable and incclusive community. 

If you know of a deserving company or organization, nominate them here!




Wednesday is Family Day at Rochesterfest and what better way to celebrate than to get involved in our community and volunteer in activities that help our community succeed year-round. United Way is inviting agencies around Olmsted County to offer volunteer opportunities for individuals, families, groups and organizations centered around Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion.

We invite you to volunteer with us, connect with us, or donate!

Please visit Get Connected for volunteer opportunities now!


*Make A Difference Day is an event co-hosted in partnership with KTTC to bring awareness to important issues in our community and to shine a spotlight on the vital work made possible by community partners that are striving to improve the lives of ALL throughout Olmsted County. 


United Way fights for the health, education, and financial stability of every person in every community.  

We know the work of diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging is unique to every United Way community around the world. Below is United Way Worldwide's Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Statement of Principle which outlines our commitment to building sustainable, inclusive, and resilient organizations and communities. 




We take the broadest possible view of diversity.  

We value the visible and invisible qualities that make you who you are. 

We welcome that every person brings a unique perspective and experience to advance our mission and progress our fight for the health, education, and financial stability of every person in every community. 

We believe that each United Way community member, donor, volunteer, advocate, and employee must have equal access to solving community problems. 

We strive to include diversity, equity, and inclusion practices at the center of our daily work. 

We commit to using these practices for our business and our communities. 

Join us in embracing diversity, equity and inclusion for every person in every community. 

Keywords & Definitions

Diversity- Diversity is the extent to which people of different identities and experiences are represented. Diversity is most important when it comes to representation of communities that have historically been excluded or marginalized.


Inclusion- Inclusion is the extent to which people have access to formal and informal decision-making structures. Inclusion is most important when it comes to decisions that affect people's lives.


Equity-Equity is the fair participation of everyone in a society where all people can participate, prosper, and reach their full potential. Equity occurs when barriers based on race, gender, sexual orientation, and other identities are dismantled. In an equitable society, identity does not determine outcomes. Equity requires both diversity and inclusion.


Belonging- Belonging is the extent to which people participate in designing systems that affect their lives. Belonging goes beyond inclusion.