Oxfam America is committed to creating lasting solutions to poverty, hunger, and social injustice.
Programs: Regional ProgramsOxfam works with local organizations, providing funds and empowering poor people to play a central role in the development of their families, communities, and regions. Policy & AdvocacyOxfam combines research, advocacy, and campaigning to engage world public opinion and influence decision makers on behalf of people living in poverty. Public Education Oxfam fosters a broad understanding of the root causes of poverty and injustice and promotes the role each individual can play in a global movement for social change. Humanitarian Relief & RehabilitationOxfam provides immediate assistance to save lives in the event of a disaster. Once urgent danger passes, Oxfam continues to help people restore their livelihoods and prepare for future crises. Haiti Relief & Rehabilitation EffortsOxfam has received $97 million in aid, which has been put towards a three year plan for disaster relief in Haiti. Oxfam's programs are targeting to reach more than 1,000,000 people across both our earthquake and cholera response – with clean water, sanitation, shelter, seeds and running cash for work programs. Oxfam is providing water and sanitation to more than 317,000 quake survivors and is also collaborating with the Haitian government agency responsible for civil protection on activity planning and community accountability issues.
Oxfam America works to right the wrongs of poverty & injustice on several levels, through directly working with people (from humanitarian work in Syria to helping small-scale farmers produce more & withstand climate change better) to grassroots advocacy and activism (such as pressuring the world's 10 largest food & beverage companies to be more just & transparent). As a volunteer and a donor, I have been impressed with the dedication, knowledge and passion of Oxfam staff and volunteers. I think Oxfam has a large impact and does a lot with donors' money. I also appreciate that they do not take U.S. government funding, keeping their advocacy positions more neutral.
Volunteering with Oxfam has lead me to do many wonderful things with the organization. I have done outreach on global issues including climate change, foreign aid and overall helping small farmers, as well as organize many events around these issues. I've also had the chance to attend lobby visits both in my community and on Capitol Hill. Some of the most rewarding things I have seen are watching major corporations change their policies, showing others how to contact their representatives for things they believe should happen, and training volunteers eager to get started in outreach.