Arizona Organizing Project
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The Arizona Organizing Project non-profit organization, operating under the 501c3 umbrella of the Atwood Health Foundation (EIN: 86-0975231).

We work with people currently living in chronic poverty to develop their skills and exercise their power, while supporting their efforts to take collective action to shape their own destiny. The lives of people living in chronic poverty are increasingly dominated by social service agencies and these people often feel that the agencies are not accountable to them. Peer groups of people living in chronic poverty associated with specific social service providers need to form and work together with the providers to become a new effective interactive community. This is our work.

Vision/Mission:
Healthy, sustainable communities organized and led by the people emerging from poverty.

Fields of Work:

Peer Group Organizing:

The Arizona Organizing project works to develop and support healthy and effective peer groups of people living in chronic poverty associated with social service agencies.  The lives of people living in chronic poverty are increasingly dominated by social service agencies and these people often feel that the agencies are not accountable to them.  Peer groups are the platform from which the chronically poor can speak and act on matters important to them, and these groups can be the means for their members to effectively partner with the social service agencies to end chronic poverty and build healthy and thriving communities.

Developing Learning Environments:

The Arizona Organizing Project is committed to being an environment of learning: self-learning, social and public education, skill and core gift learning, socialization and trust, civil dialogue and mutual respect, literacy and certifications of achievement.  AZOP will partner with educating organizations to provide on-going education and curriculum.  Most important is that each member of our peer communities will help define their own educational needs and create a plan with their peers.  AZOP is committed to democratic practices allowing every voice and story a place of significance and honor.

Healing and Recovery:

Personal discovery and empowerment are essential for holistic wellness and healing from the inside out.  Peer group development begins when members of a group are able to share their stories to others and then empower others to do the same.  Through modeling and coaching people in supportive listening and responsible leadership, the Arizona Organizing Project helps people recognize their core gifts and while fostering healthy esteem of self and others. It is important to understand that the meaning of healing and recovery is as diverse a process as the population we serve. 

Social Justice:

The Arizona Organizing Project encourages everyone to experience their value and claim their power. People in poverty often face systematic oppression and social exclusion. We use social justice approaches that organize oppressed communities to have collective power. We unify people in poverty to address criminalization of poverty, to hold service provides accountable to customers, and to hold representatives in government accountable to their most oppressed constituents.

Social Enterprises:

The Arizona Organizing Project views social enterprise development as a unique opportunity for individual and collective leadership in the area of economic social change.  We work with people currently living in chronic poverty who have a desire and aptitude to be social entrepreneurs.  The work of these social entrepreneurs creates enterprises that improve the common good and solve a social problem in a new, more lasting and effective way than traditional approaches, while lifting them to sustainable prosperity.  The AZOP honors self reliance, accountability and partnership as key principles to building sustainable social enterprises.

Values:

  • Inclusiveness
  • Civility
  • Mutual Respect
  • Human Dignity
  • Optimism
  • Learning
  • Partnership

-Principles Letter

LINK: "A Letter Calling For A Peer Group Organizing Project With Social Service Agencies To End Chronic Poverty in Arizona: Leadership to End Poverty Coming from People Living in the Condition"
July, 2010

This letter is a call for the creation and support of a Peer Group Organizing Project with Social Service Agencies in Arizona designed to bring about the end of chronic poverty and homelessness.

-Endorse Our Principles!

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-The letter is endorsed by:

· Terry Araman, Madison Street Veterans Assoc
· Dr. Kelly Bender, Sr. Minister Paradise Valley United Methodist Church
· Bill Black, Arizona Organizing Project
· Donna Bouse
· Blasé Bova, St. Vincent de Paul
· Bishop Minerva Carcano, Desert Southwest Conference of the United Methodist Church
· Theresa Cordova, New Leaf America
· Susan Cordts, CEO, Adaptive Technologies
· Kit Danley
· Michael Donnelly
· Rick Dooley, Capitol Mall Fellows
· Rev. Dr. John Dorhauer
· Lal Fernando, New Era Children’s Fund
· Rev. Jan Olav Flaaten, Executive Director of the Arizona Ecumenical Council
· Billie Fidlin, Director of Outreach, Desert Southwest Conference of United Methodist Church
· David Fraley, Amigos Foundation
· Nancy Gerlach, New Arid Club
· Brad Hilton, Hilton Foundation
· Scott Jacobson, Arizona Organizing Project
· Robert Koth
· Ann MacNeil
· Brendan Mahoney, Attorney at Law
· Richard Maraj, Sr. Minister – Unity of Phoenix
· Don McKee, Capitol Mall Fellows
· Karen McNeil, Karen McNeil & Associates
· Rev Ed Mendenhall, Faith United Community Church (UCC)
· Linda Morris
· Ron Owen, Humanity Unites Brilliance
· Arlene Pfeiff, St. Vincent de Paul
· Scott Ritchey, Justa Center
· Bruce Roberts, Madison Street Veterans Assoc
· Conde Rogers, Real Gift Foundation
· George Roundy, Arizona Organizing Project
· Runningdeer, Capitol Mall Fellows
· Bianca Sain, New Arid Club
· Ben and Sarah Sanders, Community Ministries
· Lynne Schwarzkopf, LPN, US Navy retired
· Louisa Stark, Community Housing Partnership
· Marissa Theisen
· Rev. Billy Thrall
· Wayne Tormala, Bureau Chief, Az Dept of Health Services
· Don Vance, Madison Street Veterans Assoc
· Elizabeth Venable, MA MPA, Arizona Organizing Project
· Kevin Walton, Capitol Mall Fellows
· Steve Weitzenkorn, Ph.D.
· Janice White-Smith, Madison Street Veterans Assoc
· Brian Williamson, Capitol Mall Fellows
· Tom Woodward, Blue Diamond Technologies
· Sara Vannucci, Amigos Foundation

Read more at: http://www.azop.org

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