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
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.
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.
– 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
– 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.
– 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.