Co-founded by St. Mary’s in 2008, VOICE (Virginia’s Organized for Interfaith Community Engagement) is a multi-faith, non-partisan organization dedicated to organizing citizens to bring about social change in Arlington, Alexandria, Fairfax and Prince William counties.
How You Can Get Involved
- Email St. Mary’s Parishioner Marjorie Green, vagreenfam
@verizon.net, our lead VOICE Core Team volunteer, to let her know you would like to participate in team activities.
- Watch for VOICE Action-Wide Team Meetings, where St. Mary’s volunteers join other congregations for rallies and issue information sessions. These periodic meetings will be posted in St. Mary’s weekly Coming Up at St. Mary’s emails (click here to read or subscribe) that are issued Thursdays before noon.
- Visit the VOICE Website to learn more.
VOICE 2017-2021 Organizing Agenda: VOICE will build the power to make the following changes over the next 5 years:
1) Over the next five years, VOICE will organize to increase annual local investment to:
- $100 million in Fairfax County by 2030, starting with $50 million by 2021;
- $51 Million in Arlington by 2025 to fully fund the Affordable Housing Master Plan, which mandates 17% of all County housing be affordable, a standard VOICE helped pass last year.
- $30 million in Alexandria City and Prince William County to create or preserve 300+ affordable units per year.
VOICE will also continue organizing with tenants to address housing code violations and preserve their properties from upscale development.
2) Organize with Parents/School Staff/Community leaders to build a power base to Strengthen Public Education, including increased funding to invest in top quality teachers and staff, to address school overcrowding, and interventions to address the achievement gap among minority, immigrant, and low-income students and their wealthier peers as well as to win on specific local and county issues that school/community teams identify– such as transportation for after-school programs so all students can participate.
3) Expand Pre-K for low-income families in Prince William County (PWCO), by accessing $3 million in state matching funds annually and winning $17 million to expand Pre-K to the 1000+ low-income students who still need it.
4) Organize for Just and Accountable, Comprehensive Immigration Reform, to Combat the climate of intolerance, especially toward Muslims, and to address injustices in housing, schools, employment, etc. faced by our immigrant brothers and sisters, including the state impasse on immigrants obtaining drivers licenses;
5) Address Gun Violence and Tackle the Roots and Effects of the Unjust and Inequitable Criminal Justice System through the Metro IAF/VOICE Do Not Stand Idly By Campaign.