Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Our Mission

At Volunteers of America Ohio & Indiana our mission is to transform lives and help people reach their full potential by offering hope and restoring dignity. Our culture is defined by our Core Values: Respect & Trust, Integrity, Ministry of Service, and Creativity & Innovation. 

Our Purpose

We embrace diversity and inclusion through a culture that fosters human dignity and provides the opportunity for personal development and self-fulfillment in the attainment of our mission and goals. In addition to ensuring that services are culturally and linguistically appropriate for our customers and responsive to their individual needs, the agency seeks to raise awareness and appreciation for the diversity of all stakeholders, including customers, board members, personnel, volunteers, the communities we operate in, and others.

We strive to achieve to:

  • Create an environment that is welcoming to diverse populations
  • Recruit, retain, train, and promote a diverse workforce
  • Create an inclusive culture that addresses the needs if of our employees and clients
  • Strive to enter into diverse business and community relationships
  • Commit to being accountable to our Diversity and Inclusion Strategic Statement

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  • Kathleen Adkins, CDE®

    Chief Diversity, Equity & Inclusion and Ministry Officer

  • Jennifer Lee

    Recruiting & Hiring Group Leader

  • Erin Joyner

    External Relations Group Leader

  • Valerie Hawes

    Training Group Leader

  • Tara Foxworth

    Cultural Awareness Group Leader

Volunteers of America Ohio & Indiana welcomes diversity, advocates for equity, and achieves inclusion for all.

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