VIA Valley Interfaith Action
What is community organizing?
This model develops leaders who use a one-on-one listening process to identify concerns in neighborhoods and create and implement solutions. Citizens become active participants and learn they have a role in democracy.
Why should I care about this?
Community issues in the Mat-Su Borough cut across boundaries: socio-economic class, ethnicity, age. Concerns such as crime, health care access, and youth recreation affect everyone. By working together we become active participants in improving our quality of life.
Why and how is the church involved?
People of faith put belief into action by working for justice, paying particular attention to those with low to moderate incomes. Congregations raise up leaders who initiate a one-on-one listening process to identify needs and concerns among parishioners. These become the basis for community action to change policies, institutions, and lives.
How will organizing improve lives?
There is power in combined effort. People can improve their communities, identify issues and work toward solutions together.
What leaders have said about VIA's work:
"It became the vehicle for what I knew needed to be done"
"I love hearing God through people's testimony"
"The whole congregation is connected"
To address quality of life issues for all residents of the Mat-Su Borough, utilizing the faith values of our members, developing community-wide interest and mobilization around quality of life issues.
Through training, leaders address community problems by providing forums for discussion, researching alternative solutions, and working as facilitators with residents and leaders for institutional change.