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Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

National VOAD recognizes, celebrates, and embraces diversity. National VOAD is committed to providing appropriate services without discrimination respecting all individuals including those from different backgrounds and communities. National VOAD requires that all of its member organizations have adopted a formal, written non-discrimination policy.

In order to ensure we are reflecting the communities our members serve and providing relevant and equitable services, we are committed to identifying, reaching out to and including organizations who support underserved and vulnerable communities who may have faced discrimination or inequitable treatment. This effort will strive to be inclusive of all, regardless of culture, ethnicity, religion, age, gender identity, sexual orientation, citizenship status, functional capability, disability, or any other differences.

Commitment to Racial Equity

Organizationally, National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster is committed to promoting racial equity and inclusiveness in all aspects of our disaster continuum. We recognize that disasters disproportionately impact marginalized communities and acknowledge our role in addressing systemic barriers. We will work to ensure that our policies, practices, and programs are equitable and just, and that all members, regardless of race, ethnicity, or cultural background, are ensured equal access to resources and support. Together, we will strive to build a more equitable and resilient community for all.

For questions or to provide input on National VOAD’s DEI statements and efforts, email [email protected].