Valley Improvement Projects

Working with the Community to Improve the Community



Valley Improvement Projects’ Mission Statement: To improve the quality of life of underrepresented and marginalized residents of California’s Central Valley by promoting social and environmental justice issues through youth outreach, education, technology, and art.

Valley Improvement Projects (V.I.P.)

P.O. Box 4214

Modesto, CA 95352

(209) 589-9277

– VIP’s 5 Points of Focus –


1 – Environmental Justice and Public Health: VIP works to promote the good health of people and the planet by emphasizing natural and sustainable agriculture and environmental practices.


VIP Protests with Other Environmental Justice Groups at Cal EPA in Sacramento

– Participates in regional and statewide environmental justice movements and coalitions (including California Environmental Justice Coalition, Central Valley Air Quality Coalition, California Cleaner Freight Coalition, Central California Environmental Justice Network, and Californians Against Fracking) that advocate for clean air, water, and soil as well as more efficient and sustainable community development and transportation methods .

– Works in solidarity with local residents without access to clean water, soil, food, and/or air to put pressure on polluters and developers that put profits above public health as well as the local, regional, and state agencies that to often work on their behalf.

2 – Youth Outreach and Alternative Education: VIP works to provide local young people, and other community members, with productive recreational activities and with socially and culturally relevant and accurate educational workshops and literature.

Local Youth Perform Music and Create Art At VIP's Community Center

Local Youth Perform Music and Create Art at VIP’s Community Center

– Hosts small concerts and musical events where local youth and community members are encouraged to, not only attend, but participate with their band and/or talents.

– Holds educational workshops on knowing your rights on and off campus, people’s history, and political advocacy.




3 – Homeless Outreach and Empowerment: VIP works with community members that are without stable living conditions to help find the resources they need.

– Provides information on local resources for the homeless community, “Know Your Rights” information, and assistance with law enforcement harassment as well as advocates for homeless rights and against anti-homeless ordinances and laws that criminalize instead

VIP Gives Away Donated Clothes, Shoes, Bikes, Canned Food, and Other Household Items

VIP Gives Away Donated Clothes, Bikes, Canned Food, and Other Household Items

of humanize.

– Receives and gives away donated clothes, coats, shoes, bicycles, non-perishable food, and other household items.

4 – Tenant/Worker Rights and Solidarity: VIP works with local residents being harassed or treated unfairly by their landlords or employers and assists in building solidarity amongst them.

– Provides tenant and worker-rights literature, information, and other community resources.

– Utilizes solidarity, direct action, and legal aid to help workers get unpaid wages, raises, benefits, unionize, and/or stop employer harassment and intimidation as well as help tenants get held security deposits, needed repairs, and/or stop harassment and illegal lockouts.

5 – Law Enforcement/Prison/Immigration Accountability: VIP works to ensure police, immigration, prison, and jail officials and institutions are held accountable for their actions in cases of abuse and corruption.

VIP joins other local groups & community members to protest NSA spying & against war with Syria

VIP and Other Community Groups and Members Protest NSA Spying and War with Syria

– Hosts “Know Your Rights” Workshops and CopWatch Trainings that provides informative literature, videos, and resources to educate local community members about their rights when stopped, detained, or arrested by law enforcement as well as how to record and document police interactions and/or abuse.

– Participates in, attends events, demonstrations, and meetings for state-wide and regional coalitions against police/prison/immigration abuse and for accountability.


6 comments on “About

  1. The President
    April 25, 2013

    Finally, a group in the Modesto area doing good environmental/social justice work. Can’t wait to work with you peeps!

    • Fryin Brian
      July 15, 2013

      The President, lol.

      • Emi
        July 23, 2013

        Fryin Brian, lol.

  2. The President
    July 29, 2013

    Grand opening was great, you peeps are amazingly dedicated and united. It’s about time to change the bad ol’ boys way of thinking in the Valley.

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  4. The Good Doctor
    January 30, 2014

    I run one of three needle exchanges in Sacramento and am here quite often. Since it is unauthorized to perform a needle exchange in this county, I would like to meet up with people that are sympathetic to changing the DAs mind. Shoot me an email or text 2095424022 -Doc

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