About Us

The InterValley Project (IVP) is the New England organizing network of 6 regional organizations, some urban and some rural, rooted in congregations and labor, housing, community and small business organizations, organizing for social and economic justice for their communities.  

They are Berkshire Interfaith Organizing (BIO), Kennebec Valley Organization (KVO), Merrimack Valley Project (MVP), Naugatuck Valley Project (NVP), and the Rhode Island Organizing Project (RIOP). IVP is organizing with leaders and organizing staff of the Northeast Kingdom Organizing Sponsoring Committee as they create a new IVP-model organization in Vermont.

The IVP Model of Organizing

IVP offers a national model of community economic empowerment. Its regional organizations of congregations, labor union locals, community and tenant groups combine citizen organizing and democratic economic development strategies to save and create jobs, affordable housing and critical public services in some of the oldest and poorest industrial areas in the nation. 

IVP member groups organize locally and regionally, engaging in campaigns that bring our voice to the table in negotiations with both private and public sector decision-makers.  We play a key role in statewide campaigns initiated by allied organizations and, when it makes sense, initiate our own statewide campaigns. We are rooted in regions with diverse constituencies that cross lines of politics, race, ethnicity, religion, age and income. 

The oldest IVP group was organized in 1983. The initial IVP groups formalized their working relationship by creating IVP as a staffed network in 1997. 

Our Membership

Membership in IVP provides each local organization with access to organizing, leadership and staff development, research, staff recruitment, and fund-raising expertise far beyond what is available at the local level alone. On behalf of its current member groups, IVP also actively develops new organizing and development strategies, as well as organizing new IVP member groups in New England.

Our Communities

IVP communities include the cities and communities of Lowell, Lawrence, North Adams, Pittsfield, and Great Barrington, Massachusetts; Waterbury, Naugatuck, Watertown, Southbury, and Woodbury, Connecticut; Providence, Rhode Island; Waterville, Augusta, and Skowhegan, Maine; and the communities of the Northeast Kingdom, the three most northerly counties in Vermont.

Our communities face a hollowing out of the middle class and a new concentration of the poor, including thousands of new immigrants and refugees. Most of our communities have suffered from the loss of union-represented skilled manufacturing jobs, vital public services, and private investment. With the loss of these resources these communities often lose their next generation of talented young people moving away to find work.

Our Organizing

In all of our communities IVP organizations unite low-, moderate-families, and their allies across a region around the common work of their congregations and other organizations to organize to bring about specific concrete changes, while developing leaders and building a stronger sense of community.

Leadership Development for Participation in Civic and Economic Life

IVP organizations develop leadership skills of hundreds of local leaders every year and help them build power for participation in civil and economic life by teaching them how to organize strong regional organizations across lines of religion, race, ethnicity, class, age and geography that can act on public issues of their choosing.

Where it makes sense, IVP groups use democratic economic development strategies as well. These have led to the creation of worker-owned firms, community land trusts, resident-owned housing developments and a time bank.

Donate to the InterValley Project

Your generosity enables us to continue these efforts. You may securely contribute to our efforts through the PayPal system. Thank you for all donations.

 

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