The mission of United Way of San Diego County is to spark breakthrough community action that elevates every child & family toward a brighter future. This critical role requires all of us involved in the United Way, who foster such an essential public good, must assume the responsibility of earning public trust. This bond of trust goes far beyond legal or regulatory requirements to include our core values, and ethics. To fulfill this special obligation, five core values provide the foundation on which we base our actions and decisions:
We act with integrity that inspires the highest truth.
•We stand as “one” in the relentless pursuit of instilling and promoting public confidence and trust.
•We maintain the highest standards of excellence and accountability, including prudent use of finances, and fair, accurate, and honest disclosures of information.
•We keep our promises.
We make a positive difference and have a measurable impact of enduring consequence.
•We make a difference in our community and collectively in our world. Our efforts change lives.
•We are committed to a United Way that is relevant to its people, its community, and the times.
•We assume responsibility as good stewards of donations and are accountable for our work and sustainable results.
We are made relevant and impactful through the spirit of volunteerism.
• United Way is outstanding in the way it invites volunteers to express their philanthropic beliefs (expression of one’s “love of humanity”).
•We believe that the most effective models of service and excellence are created through the leadership of volunteers.
We are strong only when we are inclusive.
•We aspire to involve every segment of the community in every aspect of our work.
•We act in ways that respect the dignity, uniqueness, and intrinsic worth of every person—the community, the donors, our own staff and families, boards, and volunteers.
•We believe in a movement built from the rich diversity and gifts of all people in all systems.
We initiate catalytic leadership for community building to effect positive change.
•We are effective educators and conveners—bringing all segments of the community together to promote individual well-being and common good.
•We are leaders of a process that multiplies the impact of people’s innate desire and capacity to care for one another.
•We help transform visions of compassion and giving into a dynamic reality.
The best way to gain exposure to United Way, learn a new skill and form relationships with our people is to VOLUNTEER!