United Way Staff

Mickie Cooper, Accountant
 
Paula Gojmerac, Office Manager/Community Impact Manager
 
Travis Hutzell, Grant & Resource Development Director
 
Rick Kazmer, Community Relationship Manager & Marketing Manager
 
Karen Struble Myers, President & CEO
 
Johnstown: 814-535-2563
422 Main St., Suite 203, Johnstown, PA 15901
 
Somerset: 814-445-6927 
218 N. Kimberly Ave., Suite 204 , Somerset, PA  15501
 
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DIVERSITY, EQUITY & INCLUSION STATEMENT

The United Way of the Laurel Highlands aspires to support, uplift, and empower all residents of Cambria and Somerset Counties. We appreciate what makes each of us unique, and believe that what makes us different helps to build dynamic, welcoming communities.
 
We value the perspective of our neighbors to advance our mission and to advocate for the well-being of every person across the region. Our communities are more vibrant when all members have a voice and are encouraged to contribute. Together, we solve community problems and strive for equity in all solutions. We embrace diversity and inclusion, and are committed to our collective impact as collaborators and stakeholders.
 
General Overview:
 
United Way of the Laurel Highlands (UWLH) is committed to fostering, cultivating, and preserving a culture of diversity and inclusion and to ensuring equitable treatment to all members of our community.
 
We value the perspective and collective sum of individual differences, life experiences, knowledge, inventiveness, self-expression, unique capabilities, and talents of our employees and neighbors to advance our mission and to advocate for the well-being of every person across the region. Our communities are more vibrant when all members have a voice and are encouraged to contribute. Together, we solve community problems and strive for equity in all solutions. We embrace diversity and inclusion, and are committed to our collective impact as collaborators and stakeholders.
 
We reaffirm this commitment through our policies which guide and direct our employment practices, program funding, volunteer recruitment, and service delivery.
 
Purpose:
 
The purpose of the UWHL’s Diversity and Inclusion policy is to provide equal opportunity to all our employees and those we serve without regard to race, ethnicity, color, religion, family or marital status, sexual orientation, disability, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, veteran status, or other protected status covered by local, state, or federal law. The United Way promotes the full realization of this policy through the positive recognition of the value of diversity.
 
Discrimination or harassment on the basis of these factors will not be tolerated. All representatives of the UWLH are charged with the responsibility of preventing or eliminating such abuses should they be found to exist.
 
Policy Title: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Policy
 
Policy Effective Date: 9/1/2020
 
Scope:
 
This policy applies to all employees, officers, directors, volunteers, donors, vendors, agency representatives, consultants, agents or any other persons affiliated with the United Way of Laurel Highlands (collectively referred to as “representatives”).
 
Content/Policy:
 
The UWLH’s diversity initiatives are applicable, but not limited to our program funding, volunteer recruitment, service delivery, and employment practices, such as recruitment and selection; compensation and benefits; professional development and training; promotions; transfers; social and recreational programs; layoffs; terminations; and the ongoing development of a work environment built on the premise of gender and diversity equity that encourages and enforces respectful communication and cooperation among all of our representatives as well as among the members of those we serve in our community.
 
Only bona fide job‐related requirements and procedures are to be used with regard to recruitment, employment, promotion, transfer and discipline (including termination of employment), compensation, benefits, job assignments, benefits, demotion, layoff, training and educational programs.
 
All representatives of the UWLH have a responsibility to treat others with dignity and respect at all times.
 
All employees are expected to exhibit conduct that reflects inclusion during work, at work functions on or off the work site, and at all other UWLH sponsored and participative events. Any employee found to have exhibited any inappropriate conduct or behavior against others may be subject to disciplinary action.
 
Additionally, we expect everyone at UWLH to value, welcome, and encourage inclusion, as well as input, from diverse backgrounds and perspectives.
 
Investigation and Response
 
Anyone who has questions regarding this policy or who believes that they have been subjected to any kind of discrimination that conflicts with the UWLH’s diversity policy and initiatives should seek assistance from the CEO and President of the UWLH, the UWLH Board Chair, or the Human Resource Chair, who will conduct an investigation.
 
NOTE: The United Way reserves the right to modify or amend any of its policies at any time.