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 Platform & Projects:
Environmental Justice and Public Health
- Recycling, NOT Incineration: VIP works to promote recycling, especially a curbside “Blue Bin” in the city of Modesto and are against the burning of any recyclable, re-usable, or compostable material at the Crows Landing trash incinerator.
- Improving Air Quality in Stanislaus County: In addition to the trash incinerator, there are many sources of air pollution that harm public health. For 5 years VIP has been a member of the Central Valley Air Quality Coalition (CVAQ) that advocates for policies and practices that would help clean-up the air in the San Joaquin Valley.
- Stanislaus Sustainable Communities Coalition (SSCC): VIP works in solidarity with local residents and organizations to advocate for an inclusive, efficient, and sustainable community development and transportation plans.
- California Environmental Justice Coalition (CEJC): VIP participates in the statewide environmental justice coalitions which is made up of nearly 70 grassroots EJ organizations from all over the state who work together in solidarity to advocate for clean air, water, soil and protect communities from toxic contamination.
Social Justice and Equality
- Law Enforcement Accountability and Criminal Justice Reform: VIP works to ensure police, immigration, prison, and jail officials and institutions are held accountable for their actions in cases of abuse and corruption.
- Homeless Outreach and Support: 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 advocates for homeless rights and against anti-homeless ordinances and laws that criminalize instead of humanize.
- Tenant and Worker Rights: VIP works with local residents being harassed or treated unfairly by their landlords or employers, utilizing 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.
- Disadvantaged and Vulnerable Communities: VIP make a special effort to reach out to poor and working poor people, communities of color, immigrants, LGBT community, religious minorities, indigenous communities, youth, elders, people with disabilities, and many others who carry extra burdens in our area
- 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 our activities and raises awareness through various forms of media and 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.