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.
In 2012 a group of Modesto community organizers came together under the name Valley Improvement Projects, or V.I.P., with the mission of improving the quality of life of underrepresented and marginalized residents of California’s Central Valley by promoting social and environmental issues through youth outreach, education, technology, and art.
V.I.P. opened the Community Center for Social & Environmental Justice in July 2013 in downtown Modesto to give people a place to meet, learn, and take united actions against the power structures that keep most of the wealth, resources, and opportunities in the hands of only a few at the top. Unfortunately the Community Center had to close in September of 2014.
Since then V.I.P has been holding regular meeting at the Modesto Peace/Life Center (every 2nd Friday of the month at 6pm), continuing to build our outreach and presence in the community, and fighting for Social and Environmental Justice in Modesto, Stanislaus County, the San Joaquin Valley, California, all over the country and the world!
Valley Improvement Projects (V.I.P.)
P.O. Box 4214
Modesto, CA 95352
VIP’s Work Includes:
Environmental Justice/Climate Justice/Public Health
- Recycling/Composting, NOT Incineration: VIP works to promote recycling, especially a “Blue Bin” for curbside pick-up in the city of Modesto, and are against the burning of any recyclable, re-usable, or compostable material at the Crows Landing trash incinerator near Patterson. #BringBacktheBlueBin
- Central Valley Air Quality Coalition (CVAQ): In addition to the local trash incinerator, there are many sources of air pollution that harm public health. For 5 years VIP has been a member of CVAQ, advocating for policies and practices that would improve the air quality in Stanislaus County and the San Joaquin Valley. (calcleanair.org)
- Stanislaus Sustainable Communities Coalition (SSCC): VIP works in solidarity with local residents and organizations to advocate for inclusive, efficient, and sustainable community development and transportation plans.
- California Environmental Justice Coalition (CEJC): VIP is a founding member and participant in the largest and most inclusive statewide environmental justice coalition (CEJC), made up of nearly 70 grassroots EJ organizations from all regions of the state who work together in solidarity to advocate for clean air, water, soil and for protecting communities from toxic contamination. (cejcoalition.org)
- Central California Environmental Justice Network (CCEJN): VIP is also a proud member of CCEJN, which focuses on EJ and public health issues in the Central Valley. (ccejn.wordpress.com)
Social Justice/Equity/Criminal Justice Reform
- Law Enforcement Accountability and Criminal Justice Reform: VIP works to ensure that police, immigration, and jail/prison officials and institutions are held accountable for their actions in cases of abuse and corruption.
- “Know Your Rights” Workshops and Legal Aid Clinics: VIP offers basic legal and “Know Your Rights” information to vulnerable communities. More info coming soon…
- Homeless Outreach and Support: VIP works with community members without stable living conditions to access the resources they need as well as advocate for homeless rights and against local anti-homeless ordinances and laws that criminalize instead of humanize.
- Tenant and Worker Rights: VIP utilizes the “Solidarity Network” model of direct action and legal aid to help workers get unpaid wages, raises, benefits, form a union, and/or stop employer harassment and intimidation as well as help tenants recover security deposits, get needed repairs, and/or stop harassment and illegal lockouts.
- Disadvantaged and Vulnerable Communities: VIP makes a special effort to reach out to the poor, working poor, communities of color, immigrants, LGBT community, religious minorities, indigenous communities, youth, elders, people with disabilities, and many others who carry extra burdens in our society.
- Youth Outreach and Education: VIP works to provide local young people with productive recreational activities as well as socially and culturally relevant/accurate educational workshops and literature.
- Media: VIP shares and reports on our activities and raises awareness through various forms of media. We can be contacted by mail (P.O. Box 4214 Modesto, CA 95352), email (firstname.lastname@example.org), phone (209-589-9277), or on social media through Facebook, or Instagram.