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Ohio Citizen Action

Rating: 4 stars   5 reviews 2,127

Nonprofit Issues:

Civil Rights


614 W Superior Ave Ste 1200 Cleveland OH 44113 USA


Public education, research & grassroots lobbying


Ohio Citizen Action has devoted most of its resources over the past twelve years to running -- and winning -- “good neighbor campaigns,” which use the power of community organizing to cause major polluters to prevent pollution at their facilities. The campaigns have succeeded in winning changes far beyond what federal or state regulations would require.

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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

As someone who has worked for Ohio Citizen Action, I know that the work OCA does is some of the best kind of work that needs to be done. The work they do impacts people on an individual basis, from issues ranging from clean air and water and health issues that are cause by their direct environment, at the same time empowering citizen to use their voices together to create change they can see in their communities. It's done in an eloquent and simple style, through neighbors writing directly to the company decision makers to make positive changes in the community!

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in my career and personal life. Some of the best people to work with around!

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Rating: 5 stars  

I worked for Ohio Citizen Action in 2000-2001 and had a great time as a member of their team of activists tackling environmental issues in the Cincinnati area. The campaigns addressed environmental problems and quality of life issues for those living near heavy industry, such as getting a chemical company in Reading, OH to reduce odor emissions. The individuals that I had the pleasure of working with were a motivated and very fun group to be a part of. Cheers to Ohio Citizen Action for effective grassroots organizing and true community engagement!

(I chose "volunteer" from the list of roles because it was the closest match, but I was employed by OCA).

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Watching neighborhoods get organized and write letters to elected and corporate officials demanding the clean air and water they deserve.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

No suggestions...nobody's perfect, but I worked there 10 years ago. If things are still as well organized as they were, then keep up the good work.

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 4 stars  

Ohio Citizen Action is a not for profit organization. The funds that they raise door-to-door go to support the staff with a living wage and continue getting into communities to educate on the issues and build grassroots support. Through this approach, its research, and work with neighbors who are directly affected by polluting facilities, Ohio Citizen Action has been able to leverage hundreds of millions of dollars in pollution control. What's great about the Good Neighbor Campaign approach is that after the canvassing ends on the issue and companies make commitments, the neighbors and company enjoy more open communication and an improved relationship, not to mention an improved life due to less pollution in their community.

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Involvement in several campaigns over the last 6 years.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Have the staff to reach all areas of Ohio.

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Very Well

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Rating: 5 stars  

In Marietta, Ohio, we lived with Manganese exposures that were many times a level considered safe for residents. This metal is a neurotoxin and the very young and very old are put at risk for neurological damage: a reduced ability to learn for the young and Parkinson's for the old. This went on for many years with the residents unable to gain traction to make changes at the plant to reduce these exposures. Ohio Citizen Action was able to organize the effort and within a couple years was able to get a committment from the plant to invest $150 million to address emissions and modernize the plant. I was amazed at their success and remain so to this day. We could not have done this without them.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Their campaign in Marietta, Ohio around the Eramet manganese smelters.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Improve their abiltiy to reach more remote areas like Marietta in order to improve their impact on the State.

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Rating: 1 stars  

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This organization appears to pick up campaigns that do not have straightforward goals and use those campaigns to turn a profit. The proceeds that go into OCA only appear to pay the staff. Ohio Citizen Action does most of their fundraising through door-to-door collecting and telephone calls. They are unorganized and generally know very little about what they are working on. This organization hires anyone because they utilize people to generate a profit in the same way pyramid schemes work. The terminology used within the office mimics traditional pyramid scheme organizations. It is very clear that their work-force is disposable and they have no shame in treating people like such.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Through door-to-door canvassing.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would update their hiring practices in order to keep the current staff and community that they reach safe. I would re-evaluate how profits are spent. I would make sure that everyone who is representing the organization is up to date on all of the campaign information. OCA has a lot of changes to make before they can continue telling the public that they are professionals. This organization is by far the most unprofessional office that I have ever seen.

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