From the desk of Harvest President Kate Keller
In September, I began a three-part series sharing Harvest’s value statements. Earlier this fall, our board completed the strategic planning process by updating the value statements to reflect who we are today. I described the first two, We Choose Hope and We Uphold Integrity Beyond Reproach, in my earlier column. Today, I’m sharing a little more about the next two: We Are Committed To Equity In All We Do and We Advocate For An Inclusive And United Community.
We are committed to equity in all we do. This is a bold statement because at times we will fail at this. I say that because The Harvest Foundation is on its own equity journey and we are committed to learning, trying, failing, and then learning and trying again. As a board and staff, we are continually exploring how equity and inequity show up in our organization and in our work. We are not perfect, nor will we probably ever be, but we are committed to the process and to the journey. This value ensures that we can live the next value.
We advocate for an inclusive and united community. MHC is made up of all kinds of people with varying backgrounds and beliefs. There is room for everyone. When everyone is represented and everyone has opportunities, MHC will thrive and prosper. Our commitment to inclusivity is integrated into how we work and how we want to partner with you.
In our next newsletter, I’ll share our final three values that are guiding Harvest forward. In the meantime, this is the month for giving thanks. I’d like to thank the Harvest staff, board, and all of our community partners for working toward a healthier and more prosperous MHC. Happy Thanksgiving!