Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Statements

March 18, 2021 - Volunteers of America Chesapeake & Carolinas (VOACC) joins the chorus of leaders and organizations in the condemnation of all hate crimes. Many communities of color have experienced hate crimes in the past and continue to be targeted in hateful ways. The rise in hate crimes against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the U.S. According to Stop AAPI Hate, Asian-Americans’ recently released report, Asians were targeted in nearly 3,800 hate incidents in the past year. Stop AAPI Hate was formed in March of last year to prevent discrimination during the coronavirus pandemic.

We stand with the Asian American community and all disenfranchised and marginalized communities that have experienced racism, hate, and discrimination. We strongly condemn racism in all forms, and we remain steadfast in our commitment to create a world of greater justice and hope for all.

Our hearts go out to the families and communities of those who have been harmed or have lost their lives from hate crimes and discrimination. We stand with the Asian American and Pacific Islanders community and all other communities who have been targeted to stop hate.

To learn more about how you can help stop hate against Asian Americans and the Pacific Islander community, and also report an incident you may witness, visit https://stopaapihate.org/

For free Bystander Intervention Training to stop Anti-Asian American and Xenophobic harassment visit https://www.ihollaback.org/bystanderintervention/


The VOA Chesapeake & Carolinas Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Statement was approved and adopted on October 18, 2019, by the VOACC Board of Directors. Volunteers of America Chesapeake & Carolinas Affiliate Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Statement

A National Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Statement was approved and adopted on October 18, 2019, by the Volunteers of America National Board of Directors. Volunteers of America National Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Statement​​​

The Theological Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Statement was approved by the Church Governing Board in February of 2018. Volunteers of America National Theological Diversity and Inclusion Statement

All of these statements represent Volunteers of America and VOA Chesapeake & Carolinas commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion.