Leader Dogs for the Blind’s core values include doing what is right and showing respect and compassion to each and every person as the foundation of the organization’s overall mission and service provision. This includes our clients, team members, volunteers, donors, Lions and the community. Leader Dog does not discriminate against race, color, national origin, age, religion, gender, sexual orientation or gender identification.
The events beginning in May 2020 that spurred nationwide protests caused us to pause and further evaluate if we have been actively promoting diversity within Leader Dogs for the Blind. We have decided that we can do more. We are working together as an organization and as a community to proactively impact positive social change.
We are committed to making deliberate and concerted efforts to advance diversity, equity and inclusion within our own organization and throughout the communities we touch. This commitment is for today, tomorrow and every day that we provide our lifechanging services to people who are blind or visually impaired.
Our plan includes four strategic goals:
- Enhance and strengthen a diverse and inclusive environment within Leader Dog constituencies.
- Advance a culture of diversity and inclusion within the Leader Dog governance structure.
- Advance a workplace culture supporting team member engagement in diversity and inclusion initiatives.
- Amplify the voices of diverse constituent groups across all Leader Dog communication and philanthropic platforms.