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As co-chairs of the Snohomish County Healthy Communities’ Non-Discrimination Committee, we would like to commend United Way of Snohomish County for its willingness to adopt a non-discrimination policy that expresses respect, support and inclusiveness for all the citizens of Snohomish County.

Our community is fortunate to have an increasingly diverse population. We cannot afford to have any portion unable, or limited in their ability, to participate fully. And yet, we hear of so many cases where this is still happening in our community.

United Way’s thoughtful examination of its policy, its conclusion to make it more inclusive, and its responsible implementation are to be applauded. All agencies currently funded will continue to be funded until at least June 30, 2001. Agencies wishing to continue United Way funding will be given an additional year to bring their non-discrimination policies into alignment with United Way’s funding criteria, which means that current agencies could be funded until June 30, 2002.

We believe that all citizens of Snohomish County should have the right to respect and participation and that United Way’s community investments should support this belief.

Non-Discrimination Committee

Snohomish County Healthy Communities

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