What is community organizing?
Community organizing is a vehicle for everyday people to have a voice in the decisions that affect their lives. It is a systematic approach to dealing with the root causes of societal problems, bringing together those with similar goals and interests to actively participate in changing society.
What kind of organizations does MVOC work with?
MVOC engages in broad-based community organizing, meaning that we work with congregations, neighborhood groups and block watches, social service and non-profit agencies, and labor unions.
How does my organization become a member of MVOC?
Membership guarantees support for MVOC's local organizing campaigns, and is based an organization's size and/or budget. Members receive active staff support and reduced training costs, as well as seats on the local Leadership Council, where collective, democratic decisions are made regarding organizing campaigns. Contact an organizer for more information about becoming a member of MVOC.
Where does MVOC get its funding?
MVOC receives funding through foundation grants and organizational membership dues. For a complete list of funders, please see our Funders page.
Is MVOC affiliated with a political party?
No, MVOC is a non-partisan 501c3 organization focused on addressing quality of life issues in the Mahoning Valley. MVOC does not endorse nor support any specific candidate running for office.
What issues does MVOC work on?
Over the past four years, MVOC has worked on issues including vacant properties and disinvestment, neighborhood revitalization, landlord accountability, health equity, human trafficking, criminal justice reform and other issues that affect the quality of life in Mahoning, Trumbull, and Columbiana counties. For more information on the issues we work on, visit our Campaigns page.
Who makes the decisions at MVOC?
We are an organization that is dedicated to the creation of sustainable change on local, regional, and statewide platforms. As such, MVOC's grassroots Leadership Council - comprised of members, leaders, and representatives from participating institutions - make the decisions regarding which issues are addressed by our organizers. MVOC's Board of Directors - with representatives from neighborhood groups, faith institutions, labor unions, and other local agencies oversees the organizations' fiscal health and overall strategy.