We Believe In Diversity, Sensitivity, and Inclusivity

Leadership and our team at Believe New York is dedicated toward making all people feel accepted. We strive to create a space that makes our volunteers and employees feel not only empowered, but also supported in their goals and health. In addition, we are always working to ensure equity, compassion, and cultural sensitivity in our approach towards clients. This comes from recruiting volunteers and clients from a wide-variety of places and neighborhoods that embody numerous cultures and perspectives. We are continuously evolving to ensure our operations are consistent with our community needs.g

Fostering a Culture of Acceptance

Believe New York is made up solely of volunteers, including our leadership who are unpaid. Not only do we acknowledge that it is a privilege to be able to volunteer one time without pay but we are also compassionate and understanding when our volunteers need to take a step back because they can no longer dedicate unpaid hours. 

 

When a person is involved with our organization, we pledge to do everything possible to ensure they feel comfortable, supported, and safe.

 

Our volunteers range from all races, gender identities, sexual/romantic orientations, physical limitations, and physical, mental, and psychological dis/ability status. Members of leadership, including Board members, are majority cisgender women, but currently include nonbinary/genderfluid, Queer, indigenous, Latinx, and first-generation-American members.

 

We also strive to curate our social media content to represent a wide variety of identities and expressions to reflect the diverse and vibrant communities we serve and support.

Creating a Place of Understanding and Safety

Leadership, volunteers, and clients come from all situations, neighborhoods, and backgrounds, so Believe New York does not tolerate discrimination of any kind. We will not abide by harassment or retaliation made by or toward an organization member. Further, we are always looking to improve our efforts and operations towards this mission of diversity, sensitivity, and inclusivity. 

 

We are dedicated to creating an environment free from discrimination, harassment, retaliation, and/or sexual abuse. Discrimination or harassment based on race, gender and/or gender identity or expression, color, creed, religion, age, national origin, ethnicity, disability, veteran/military status, sex, sexual/romantic orientation, pregnancy, genetic information, neurodiverence, marital status, citizenship status, or on any other legally prohibited basis is unlawful and undermines the purpose and character of Believe New York. Such discrimination or harassment violates our mission and will not be tolerated in any capacity.

We’re Here to Listen:

If you have any suggestions, questions, comments, or concerns about an experience you’ve had with any member or aspect of Believe New York, please submit a query to believenewyork@gmail.com (can be anonymous). 

 

Upon submission of this form, our leadership team will review the query independently. If needed or requested, a meeting may be set up to discuss the query. Afterward, our leadership team will work together to address the query and the specific items discussed. Believe New York encourages any and all constructive feedback, concerns, complaints, questions, and ideas to improve our mission, culture, and operations. 

 

Thank You.