A Guest Column from The Harvest Foundation Team
We began our equity journey as an organization more than two years ago with the hope of furthering our vision and mission to serve Martinsville-Henry County. It is our vision for everyone who lives in MHC to share in the promise of a healthy, prosperous, and vibrant community. To achieve this vision, we must provide opportunities for all voices to have a seat at the table and be heard.
In partnership with CommonHealth ACTION, a national nonprofit organization based in Washington, D.C., we will offer 10 local organizations the chance to participate in an in-person equity, diversity, and inclusion workshop which will provide tools to bridge divides, promote understanding, and create a brighter future for us all.
Equipping our community with these tools allows us to better identify and understand disparities in various forms, whether it be in education, employment, housing, or other areas. It’s about dismantling barriers that have held some members of our community back for far too long.
When individuals feel included and heard, they are more likely to engage, contribute, and invest in the success of our community.
Embracing equity, diversity, and inclusion is not a one-time thing — it begins with inner work and understanding that drives you to speak up and create change. This is a vital investment in the growth and progress of Martinsville-Henry County’s future. As we embrace this work, we set ourselves up for long-term success, attracting more talent and building a community where businesses and individuals thrive.
This training is open to organizations that have received funding from The Harvest Foundation over the past three years. If you’d like to learn more, visit our website or call (276) 632-3329 ext. 112.