History of commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion
Founded in 1835, Families First was the oldest human services organization in Central Indiana. Since its early beginnings as a refuge for those first settling to the region and in need of basic life necessities, Families First sought to serve some of the most fragile and vulnerable individuals and families in our community. During its long tenure, Families First was a pioneer in advocating for the most vulnerable populations and proudly became one of the first non-profit participants in the Pride Festival and Parade.
Today, our organization remains deeply committed to partnering with historically marginalized communities to help produce more equitable outcomes. We work closely with organizations serving immigrant families; contract with many providers of color, LGBTQ+ providers and the faith-based community to ensure that families have the needed education and resources to care for themselves and their children. We seek to do our part to provide equitable access to information, opportunities and resources for the individuals, children and families we serve.
Living Out Our Values
Our vision: Inclusive and healthy communities of thriving people.
Our mission: Empowering individuals to build stronger families and communities
- Inclusion: Strive to honor people’s unique potential through empathy and access.
- Innovation: Explore creative ways to deliver an exceptional experience.
- Impact: Achieve positive and lasting change for individuals, families, and communities
At Firefly, we are committed to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion. Therefore, we encourage persons who represent the diverse identities and lived experiences of the clients and communities we serve to join our team.
Our Practices & Culture
As part of our commitment to building stronger communities, Firefly also partners with other nonprofits to holistically serve our clients, including Indiana Youth Group, Indiana Black Expo, COIN (Coalition for our Immigrant Neighbors), Inner Beauty, and Indiana Latino Expo. We believe that by lifting up other organizations, we will strengthen the work we each do in our community.
Firefly also has a commitment to supplier diversity. If you are a woman-owned business, minority-owned business, LGBTQIA-owned business, veteran-owned business, disability-owned business, or other type of diverse small business and are interested in doing business with Firefly, we would love to work with you as the need arises.
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Visit the Central Indiana Community Foundation to learn more about how CICF is supporting non-profits around Indianapolis to build a more inclusive city.
In almost every community in America, there are people of different ages, genders, sexual orientation, and racial/ethnic groups. There are also individuals with disabilities, people who speak different languages, members of the gender expansive community, people of different religions/faith traditions, people with neurodiversity, and people with different lived experiences – differences abound EVERYWHERE – therefore diversity abounds everywhere.