Diversity & Inclusion

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

We take the broadest view possible of diversity to provide each community member, donor, volunteer, advocate, and employee equal access to community programs and resources, as we strive to include diversity, equity, and inclusion practices in our daily work.

United Way of Franklin County, as a community organization, has served to bring people and ideas together since our beginnings. It has been the diversity of thought, talent, and experience that has helped us build bridges and strengthen this community. People from across the county have always responded with empathy by providing resources to meet the needs of our community. Community challenges are only sustainably resolved when perspectives are brought together to advance a movement. In this spirit, we are offering a variety of resources and opportunities to help share understanding.

Diversity and Inclusion Resources

The following education and advocacy resources are for individuals on their journey as an ally, and for everyone looking to take action in our community.


Allyship is the lifelong process in which people with privilege and power work to develop empathy toward another marginalized group's challenges or issues. The goal of allyship is to create a culture in which the marginalized group feels valued, supported, and heard.


Resources to help you learn and grow on your journey as an ally.


Explanations and Impacts of Unconscious Bias (Article)

Filter Shift: How Effective People See the World (Book)

Teaching Tolerance (Website)

Understanding Implicit Bias (Article)


Definitions: Individual Racism and Systemic Racism (Article)

Anti-racism Resources (Resource Document)

Scaffolded Anti-racism Resources (Resource Document)

Bias Cleanse (Tool for self-reflection)

Helpful Tools for Discussing Racism with Children (Article)

"Reflections From a Token Black Friend" (Article)

Systemic Racism Explained (Video)

Understanding Race and Privilege (Article)

White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism (Book)

Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity

Definitions: Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (Article)

Bias Cleanse (Tool for self-reflection)

Dr. Jayleen Galarza on Gender Identity and Sexuality (Podcast)


Definition: What is Sexism? (Article)

Definition: What is Feminism? (Article)

Patriarchy and Sexism (Video)

Understanding Institutional Sexism (Video)



Local groups taking action to advocate for marginalized populations:

Community Uniting!

Concerned Citizens of Franklin County

Franklin County Coalition for Progress

PRIDE Franklin County

Racial Reconciliation

United Way Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Workgroup

National groups advocating for social justice:


American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

Human Rights Campaign


Southern Poverty Law Center

Have recommendations for resources to add? Contact Amy Weibley, aweibley@uwfcpa.org.

United Way
of Franklin County

Email: office@uwfcpa.org

Phone: 717-262-0015

Location: 182 S. Second St.

                 Chambersburg, PA 17201

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