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  • 77 leaders. 22 states. One mission.

    Volunteer leaders from all over the country came together to learn from organizing experts and plan for the year ahead.

    Every year, OFA's top volunteers from around the country gather in Chicago at the annual Volunteer Leadership Summit to share their experiences from the previous year and apply the things they've learned to their plans for the year ahead.

    Kicking off OFA's 2016 training calendar, 77 passionate volunteer leaders from 22 states joined together to learn from each other and some of the top organizing experts.

    Check out what happened at the summit and find out more about the power of training.

  • OFA volunteers gathered for 2016 State of the Union

    Across the country, OFA volunteers held more than 130 watch parties to listen to the President's final State of the Union address.

    The State of the Union is always an important time of year, bringing organizers around the country together to watch the President lay out his vision for the year ahead. To celebrate a shared milestone, OFA volunteers held watch parties in more than 130 cities across the country.

  • #UnitedOnClimate starts at home

    As the international community meets to set a course for climate action, OFA-Wisconsin volunteers came together to honor local climate leadership.

    The international climate talks in Paris are underway, and OFA volunteers are supporting them with strong climate action. For OFA volunteers in Wisconsin, it means supporting the city of Milwaukee's plan to tackle climate change at the municipal level.

  • Flex your civic engagement muscle

    Read about one OFA chapter's partnership with a local health care organization

    OFA Chapters around the country are working with local partner groups on ways to improve their communities.

    This week, while proudly wearing their OFA pins, OFA New Mexico chapter members joined with Health Action New Mexico to celebrate their 20th year of service to the people of the state.

  • Speaking up on the Iran deal

    "This little movement now has a life of its own."

    OFA volunteers recently visited their senators' offices to discuss the Iran deal. Here's what happened.

  • Fulfilling the Promise in Kansas City

    Organizers like me are working to make sure everyone has the tools and skills to make their voices heard.

    My organizing days began in Denver, Colorado, where I saw leaders come together for a common cause—using digital organizing skills to achieve their goals.

  • Fulfilling the promise—one volunteer at a time

    OFA’s Fulfilling the Promise program was created by volunteers to make sure everyone has access to the tools and training necessary to make their voices heard—no matter their level of resources.

    OFA volunteers in underserved communities are making sure everyone has the opportunity to learn how to organize.

    Read how some chapters are learning to increase the impact of their work by hosting events near public transportation, providing a space for children to be supervised, holding events in the evenings to accommodate those who need to work during the day, and using other methods to give everyone a chance to learn the skills they need to take action.

  • Marching for clean power

    Read how a group of organizers set out to change the hearts and minds of the American people on climate change.

    Supporters like Jon Jorgenson marched from California to Washington, D.C., to encourage people to take action on climate change in their communities.

  • Changing the conversation on climate

    You don’t have to be a policy expert to make a difference. OFA volunteers are learning to make an impact in their own communities.

    You don’t have to be a decision maker to make a difference.

    You don’t have to be a policy expert to take action.

    The 2015 OFA Climate Leaders Summit demonstrated that climate change is an issue for everyone. This isn’t an exclusive club; everyone can contribute in a unique and deliberate way.

    And that's true for any issue. You can start learning how to organize at any age and any skill level.

  • OFA volunteers are making a difference in the fight to raise the wage

    It’s been nearly six years since the minimum wage was last raised. Join the fight to move this issue forward.

    While our economy has made incredible progress over the past few years, the federal minimum wage has remained the same. In fact, as of July 24, it hasn’t been raised in six years.

    We need to push for an economy that gives everyone—not just a few at the top—a chance to succeed.

    OFA volunteers have been organizing in support of reform in their own communities and are working to spread the message about how crucial it is to raise the minimum wage.

  • "It was the honor of a lifetime"

    Meet Jennifer, an OFA fellow who got to introduce the President

    I've seen a lot of dreams made real since I started organizing, but as the daughter of two immigrants, nothing compares to how I felt watching my father pass pass his citizenship exam. That feeling is something I want others to experience, and it's what drives me to learn more and get better as a community organizer.

    Being an OFA fellow has allowed me to channel my inspiration from the stories of great leaders—and to meet one of those I most admire.

  • Yumi believes in DREAMers

    Working with OFA helped her realize the power of we.

    Yumi is familiar with the experience of being an immigrant—her passion for helping DREAMers stems from painful periods in her own life. Read her story.

  • March on Washington, 1963

    It was August 1963 in Hartford, Connecticut. I was 24 years old. I was a mom. I was white. I had heard about the March—everyone had—and

  • Keep the momentum growing

    Below is a special message from Jon Carson to all the OFA volunteers who have taken part in Action August so far: Friends, You and your