THE GLUE THAT HOLDS
The Pacific Institute for Community Organizations was founded in 1972 primarily to help support neighborhood organisations become a powerful force and get their voices heard with legislators.
One of the things that organisers surfaced talking to government officials was this huge disconnect between what they were working on and what communities were actually concerned or talking about. So the institute developed a new community model that involved con-gregations of all denominations and faiths to serve as the institutional base for community organisations.
Rather than bring people together simply based on common issues like housing, quality healthcare, safe neighbourhoods, good schools, education and other family-centred concerns, the broad-based organising model instead makes values and relationships the glue that holds organisations together.
Watch, listen and learn from community leaders talk about this unique organ-ising model and what it means to be a part of it.
BUILDING SOCIAL CAPITAL
Community organising brings people together and builds the social fabric of communities. At a time when there is widespread concern about the break-up of home life and declining civic participation, community organising has become a powerful tool that connects people to one another and to the institutions that influence their lives.
These innovations have resulted in the development of a network of powerful, long-lasting community organisations. Today, this Institute has 44 affiliated federations and 8 statewide networks working in 150 cities and towns and 17 states in the United States. More than 1-million families and one thousand con-gregations from 40 different denominations and faiths are participants under its umbrella.
When good ideas that work come along Faith in Families believes in sharing these with others as its way of inspiring members of Whānau and the broader communities in New Zealand to look into what may possibly work to strengthen their voice.