Work Ready

A Program of Community Action Committee of the Lehigh Valley

CACLV Value Statement

The mission of the Community Action Committee of the Lehigh Valley is to improve the quality of life by building a community in which all people have access to economic opportunity, the ability to pursue that opportunity, and a voice in the decisions that affect their lives.

As an advocate, CACLV is the conscience of the Lehigh Valley.

  • We are partners, coalition-builders and team players.
  • We are a think tank, conducting professional research on poverty and its causes, understanding issues as the first step in the problem-solving process.
  • We define the cutting edge in the problem-solving process.
  • We speak out, putting the truth above CACLV’s institutional reservation.
  • We believe charity is something a society must provide when there is no justice.
  • We pursue justice.

As a community development organization, CACLV values neighborhoods that are economically self-sustainable.

  • We want businesses to make a fair and honest profit in our neighborhoods.
  • We want jobs to pay wages that enable households to be self-sufficient and are safe, enriching and in reasonable proximity to neighborhoods.
  • We want institutions to be humane and responsive to human needs.
  • We want neighborhoods to be culturally rich, fun and healthy.
  • We want all people to participate in civic life and, indeed, we believe that citizenship is the highest form of self-sufficiency and that our society is far more threatened when poverty leads to apathy and dependence than when it leads to anger and activism.

As a human services agency, CACLV values people.

  • We identify needs and push the community to respond rather than offer services based on available resources.
  • We give people the tools to solve their own problems, rather than solve those problems for them.
  • We treat people equally, with courtesy, compassion, respect, patience and dignity.
  • We safeguard their confidentiality.
  • We believe people deserve another chance but expect personal responsibility in taking advantage of that extra chance.

As a non-profit corporation, CACLV values responsible stewardship of the funds entrusted to us and the resources available to us.

  • We want our audits to be flawless.
  • We want taxpayers and our donors to be certain that their funds are well-spent.
  • We use our purchasing power to advance our mission.
  • We will not waste resources, including natural ones.
  • We have a Board of Directors that has the highest standards for its fiduciary responsibility.

As an employer, CACLV values our employees.

  • We respect the needs of our employees’ families.
  • We offer employment opportunities that are personally fulfilling.
  • We try to pay fair wages and offer good benefits.
  • We want the workplace to be safe.
  • We value longevity, creativity, dedication, honesty and hard work.
  • We are serious about equal opportunity and celebrate diversity.
  • We have high standards of personal and professional conduct and ethics.
  • We expect our employees to understand that they are role models.
  • We respect our co-workers and treat them as we would want to be treated.
  • We have fun.