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Virginia Economic Empowerment and Leadership Development Program

Virginia Organizing, Inc.

  • Program Education
  • Program Area Building Organized Communities
  • Grant Amount $250,000
  • Grant Period June 1, 2002–December 31, 2004
  • Location Charlottesville, VA, United States
  • Geographic Focus Virginia

About this grant

The Virginia Organizing Project (VOP) is a statewide grassroots community organization created to address the social and economic concerns of poor people and distressed communities through organizing. VOP’s Virginia Economic Empowerment and Leadership Development Program contributes to economic opportunity and development by training grassroots members to become leaders and organizers.Multiyear funding will support the development of 20 chapters and affiliates to train leaders and organizers that will work to develop strategies for achieving VOP’s goals. Activities will include conducting leadership training for at least 1,200 new individuals; hiring an additional field organizer; launching statewide campaigns on tax reform and criminal justice; increasing funding for low-income housing; and accommodating 5,000 more workers under Charlottesville’s living wage policies.Recent accomplishments included providing low-wage workers in Charlottesville with an additional $9.3 million annually through living wage policies; conducting 71 days of training to more than 1,000 leaders; adding new local chapters in Hampton and Amherst counties; and receiving approval for $329 million to finance low-income housing from the Virginia Housing Development Authority.