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Virginia Organizing

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Citizen Participation, Civil Rights, Civil Rights, Social Action & Advocacy, Community Coalitions, Community Improvement & Capacity Building

Mission: As a non-partisan organization, Virginia Organizing especially encourages the participation of those who have had traditionally little or no voice in our society. By building relationships with diverse individuals and groups throughout the state, Virginia Organizing strives to get them to work together, democratically and non-violently, for change.

Target demographics: empower people who are directly affected by the issues to raise their voices to make changes in their communities.

Direct beneficiaries per year: thousands of Virginians learn the skills to participate in the decisions that affect their loves

Geographic areas served: Virginia

Programs: leadership development, dismantling racism, internship program, statewide strategy teams, local chapter work

Community Stories

20 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I can't say enough positive about the New River Valley work of this organization. While many organizers come into communities with a preconceived agenda that they want others to help push forward, this group is intentional about listening first and supporting local initiatives based on the concerns of the people most impacted by issues at hand. VA Organizing's approach takes much more time and skill and follow-through, but it lends itself to more transformative outcomes and relationships. I'm glad to have VA Organizing in this region and am looking forward to seeing future successes come from it.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Virginia Organizing saved my son and family from failure helping our family to know our right and steps to take with the school board with the school to prison pipe line information
We love VA Organizing

Donor

Rating: 5

Virginia Organizing truly cares about the communities and and citizens of Virginia!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a volunteer in the Waynesboro Virginia Organizing chapter. The chapter organizer has assisted me in understanding the power structure of local government organizations and how to build the chapter to effectively assist the community. The state organization has also provided with me with the knowledge and skills to be involved in such chapter activities as voting, determining key community issues and using the chapter to affect change. I look forward to finding and working with fellow members to have Waynesboro citizen needs met by the City Council and other local agencies.

MP B.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I Love Virginia Organizing.
They’ve been out in our community helping with restoration of rights and voter registration. They’re helping keep residents in their homes by helping to stop evictions during Covid shutdown. They’ve recently started an education Campaign and I can’t wait to see where that goes!

Janine H.1

Donor

Rating: 5

I participated in Virginia Organizing, Southside, for several years while living in Martinsville. I appreciate the non-partisan approach to critical issues like restoration of rights and broad access to affordable healthcare. I recently took part in a Virginia Organizing sponsored webinar that offered timely conversation and information on the trauma of racism. As a lifetime advocate and activist it is helpful to receive quality resources related to the most significant issues we face in our civic and social life.

Lori Rouse M.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been volunteering with Virginia Organizing since February of 2020. I'm honored to be a part of an organization that does so much work not only for the people in need across the state, but also for those who want to help make their communities better in general. I had been active in community advocacy before, but with the help of VO I have learned valuable skills that I'm not sure I would have found anywhere else.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Virginia Organizing has spent the past 25 years fighting for social justice in Virginia. They prioritize deep, grassroots change in communities. VO lifts the voices of directly affected people and empowers us all to fight for a better Virginia. I am a proud member!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

VO is an organization that has a bold statement of beliefs that facilitates and permeates its work. I love opportunities to affect change in my community with others from diverse backgrounds as an indication that we are in this together. The fellowship of community members to work collectively on efforts is encouraging whether going to city council meetings, writing letters to the editors, getting more training, or engaging people impacted by unjust situations. Our local organizer is terrific as we deal with worker rights, evictions, homelessness, immigration, and environmental justice issues.

Beth B.5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have a deep appreciation for the work of Virginia Organizing because of its commitment to social justice issues from the ground up. People who are adversely impacted by government policies and regulations that have tremendous impact on their financial security, their health and wellbeing, their ability to vote, and the safety and security of their neighborhoods find their voice and committed allies in their struggle for justice.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

VA Organizing is a Great organization the works on Social Justice for ALL Virginians. We do what we say we will do, work hard for win win situations!!!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered at Virginia Organizing for over 5 years now, after being an avid (and sometimes financial) supporter for about 15 years. I love everything they do, and I like and respect every staffer I've met. From my perspective, they have helped make important changes in Virginia, empowering people to improve their communities so all voices are heard, not just holding on to the status quo. People with extra money need to donate and those with extra time need to get involved, if the world we leave our children will be better than the one we inherited. Virginia Organizing works that way.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been interning with Virginia Organizing this summer and have witnessed the positive impact they are making across Virginia. All of the organizers and chapter leaders I have met are passionate about their work and dedicated to making change. They empower people to use their voice to be heard and work peacefully with others to achieve social justice. I was given the opportunity to go out into the community and assist in registering returning citizens to vote. I listened to several people’s stories and came to understand why it is important for them to have their rights restored. This experience opened my eyes to the importance of Virginia Organizing’s work. It was a life changing experience for me.

1 RosemaryG

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I've worked for VO, volunteered, and donated to it from early on because I believe it's the most important nonprofit in Virginia. Many nonprofits provide important services to the community, but VO goes beyond that by getting to the roots of injustice in people's sense of helplessness. VO is responsible for mentoring many of the people who are leaders now in Virginia in their work for social justice. The organizers at VO work tirelessly and effectively on behalf of the disabled, people of color, people seeking a living wage and affordable health care, the homeless, ex-felons who seek voting rights, immigrants, victims of predatory loans, and many others, but even more importantly they provide leaders in each of those groups with the tools to advocate for themselves.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

As an administrative volunteer for Virginia Organizing, I get a close up view of the dedication, competence and compassion of the staff who give voice to those who seldom are heard by organizing those voices and raising them up so significant change can happen. I profoundly believe in the work of Virginia Organizing and the sound ethics that are demonstrated.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I am employed by an organization in V.O.'s administrative umbrella. I have been very impressed by their work ethic, commitment, and professionalism. Despite their small staff size and limited resources, they get things done quicker and better than the much larger, wealthier organizations I've worked for in the past.

1 Janice S.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I grew up in Virginia and moved to Atlanta GA in 2005; however, before moving to Atlanta, I was active in Virginia Organizing Project. I was impressed in all ways with the work of VOP when I was in Virginia, but now living in Georgia, I realize how important an organization like this is to making other non-profits working on statewide issues more effective. In addition, as I continue to follow VOP from a distance, I feel the work they are doing has a far reaching effect. Changes that happen in Virginia can happen other places. I cheer them on and know that whatever they accomplish will reach much further than just their constituency.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

An organization that helps make positive change in the world - who wouldn't want to be part of that?
I've been volunteering with Virginia organizing for over 2 years and have become convinced that "giving voice to the voiceless" is a powerful tool in the work for social justice. This nonpartisan organization facilitates grass roots organizing in a highly competent, effective, and respectful way; giving people the information and skills needed to address local, state and national issuesVirginia. From distributing 300,000 copies of a Virginia Voter Guide, and registering voters, to organizing around issues such as health care reform, payday lending, the environment, economic security, cultural diversity, etc., Virginia Organizing also facilitates the work of many organizations in Virginia that foster social justice.
The VO staff is compassionate about and committed to their work; and because of that work thousands of voices are now heard.
I am proud to volunteer for an organization that empowers people to improve their community and change their world!

Review from Guidestar

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer at Virginia Organizing since age 12. When I first joined, they were working on the living wage campaign, and since then they have worked on issues like health care reform, restoring voter rights, and ceasing predatory lending. I have had the pleasure of working at the Charlottesville area Virginia Organizing office, but I have met many people that work at other chapters and they all inspire me. Everyone here works hard to accomplish the goals they have set, they are respectful of each other's opinions and engage others interested in this organization so that they will have the opportunity to make change in their community. I am extremely impressed by all this organization has accomplished so far, and I look forward to seeing all that they will do in the future.

Review from Guidestar

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

If I judged VOP by the quality of personal interactions as a volunteer I've encountered at their headquarters over the years, I would have to give them the whole box of gold stars. Each member of the staff has treated me as someone worth listening to every time I have walked in the door. I believe they treat everyone they work with in this personal, caring manner. It makes an individual want to help in every way possible. I'm also impressed with what an agile organization VOP is. In election years it's able to engage many groups across the state in discovering what is at stake for them and why voting matters. In the past year when health care insurance has been such a big news topic, VOP has worked tirelessly with rural and urban audiences to send messages to Congress about what they consider most critical in health care reform. Some might fault VOP for a left-leaning political bias despite being non-partisan. I, however, see it as serving a vital role in a state with right-to-work laws and little access to the kinds of services VOP provides.