Investing in a More Inclusive Community
Garrett Dolan, Senior Manager, Corporate Social Responsibility
This partnership reinforces the shared values of our community to which we are so proud to belong. We’re taking the next step toward reaching our goal of recruiting, retaining and engaging the most diverse and skilled group of team members possible.
A Tyson Foods Community Cornerstone Grant will aid the implementation of five key components of the EngageNWA plan:
• The City of Springdale was awarded $96,400 to (1) convene underrepresented residents for a community forum to solicit input about the city’s future, (2) implement a civic academy to teach residents about accessing and engaging with city services and leadership opportunities, (3) hire an individual to manage the city’s Welcoming Communities efforts, and (4) create videos and documents in English, Spanish and Marshallese about how to access services and stay safe.
• EngageNWA was awarded $63,681 to manage the grant and to (1) develop a program that identifies, trains and help connect qualified individuals to leadership roles; (2) create a unified voice for regional inclusion efforts through a communications campaign; (3) convene community cohesion forums to bring together a diverse group of Northwest Arkansas residents; and (4) coordinate diversity and inclusion training for different sectors.
• CanopyNWA was awarded $37,979 to provide a community orientation workshop series for newcomers about how to navigate key community systems and to pair new arrivals with established community members through a mentor program to help them connect to the community and reach their objectives.
• Welcoming America was awarded $40,000 to work with the cities of Fayetteville and Springdale to meet the indicators of at least two areas of the Welcoming Standard.
• Teen Action and Support Center was awarded $24,406 to increase access to services for Spanish and Marshallese speakers by providing culturally sensitive translators for services and by translating key service materials.
The goal is to foster positive interactions that create a shared understanding between Tyson Team Members and long-time community residents and enable people to overcome inequality and disadvantage resulting from circumstances beyond their control.
We are all stronger as a collective community when we ensure the needs of all members are being met and each member feels equally represented and valued. We are all striving to reach the top of the pyramid—the goal of unlocking our highest potential. I believe that when we help others understand what they are truly capable of and provide the necessary tools to help them advance, we too get a little closer to the top.
Published August 1, 2018.
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