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Training Organizers for the Immigrant Community

Interfaith Worker Justice

  • Program Education
  • Program Area Building Organized Communities
  • Grant Amount $50,000
  • Grant Period July 1, 2007–June 30, 2008
  • Location Chicago, IL, United States
  • Geographic Focus United States

About this grant

Interfaith Worker Justice was formed in 1996 to help religious communities engage in issues facing low-wage and immigrant workers by developing relationships with local worker centers or by helping to begin such centers. By 1998, the grantee had 29 affiliates, and by 2007, that number had grown to 60. The purpose of organizing at worker centers is to invite these workers into the larger community so that they can participate in civic deliberation and decisionmaking and build networks of relationships across race, class, income, and ethnicity. This project will support a new staff member who will coordinate the training and technical assistance for local volunteers. It will also enable the grantee to explore opportunities to provide additional training to local volunteer organizers and seek funding to hire professional organizers.