Mission: Orange county communities organized for responsible development (occord) is a community-based organization that brings together workers, families and community partners to organize and advocate for good jobs, strong neighborhoods and an inclusive democracy in orange county.
Programs: Orange county communities organized for responsible development (occord) is a community-based organization that brings together workers, families and community partners to organize and advocate for good jobs, strong neighborhoods and an inclusive democracy in orange county. We provide leadership development training to low income residents and workers, and we train residents and stakeholders on community organizing, participatory research, nonpartisan political reform, and land use planning and economic development policy. Occords anaheim and santa ana programs develop leadership and build organizational structures to engage residents and stakeholders in land use planning and economic development decisions that affect their lives. Through strategic, coalitional outreach, we train local and regional groups to work collaboratively, and through targeted, neighborhood-based outreach, we train new leaders and build sustainable organizational infrastructure in low-income communities of color. During 2014, with training and technical assistance from occord, residents and stakeholders advocated for nonpartisan political reform, community development standards, neighborhood improvements, and transparency in government decision-making on land use planning, including local resident input into the city of santa anas strategic planning process, and successful advocacy for district elections for anaheim city council members. Occords citizenship program provides naturalization assistance and civics classes, as well as training and leadership development enabling immigrant workers and residents to become full participants in the democratic process. We work with local and regional organizations to provide these services to their members and constituents. In 2014, occord organized four large, volunteer-driven citizenship fairs followed by 8-week citizenship classes, plus two medium-sized citizenship fairs and four small clinics that specifically assisted elderly and disabled applicants. We provided naturalization application assistance to 1230 people, provided fee waiver assistance to 122 people, taught civics classes for 450 people, trained and recruited 561 volunteers, and partnered with more than a dozen organizations. Volunteers ranged from those with no previous experience to some with professional level skills such as teachers, lawyers and paralegals. All of occords citizenship services were provided free of charge to participants.