Statement of Values

Respect
We respect the inherent worth and dignity of every person and treat all with justice, equity and compassion. We honor the lives, concerns and stories of people in need and expect our partners to do the same. We accept one another and encourage diversity of thoughts and ideas.  

Stewardship and Accountability
We keep faith with the public trust through the efficient and compassionate use of resources entrusted to us and are mindful that our mission is accomplished through the generosity of others. We maintain and communicate accurate and timely information on programs and service provided. We evaluate and account regularly for how resources are used to implement and achieve our mission.

Collaboration
We believe in the power of community. We collaborate and build strong relationships, based on trust, with and among those who share our vision. We work together to accomplish the vision at the national and local levels, valuing each other’s roles and using an open process and honest communication. We seek out and are responsive to the input and counsel of our partners.

Urgency
We operate with an acute sense of urgency that reflects the immediate needs of the people we serve. We challenge our employees, volunteers and partners to embrace the same sense of urgency to accomplish our shared vision.

Service
We serve with excellence, compassion and responsiveness to meet the needs of those with whom we work, internally and externally. The better we serve the more people we bring together in commitment to our vision.

Integrity
We act with honesty, trust and openness and deliver on commitments. We act within the spirit of agreements, contracts and the law. Our intentions and actions will be transparent and above reproach.

Diversity
We believe that the ethnic, cultural and social diversity of our nation should be reflected in our staff, Board and network.