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United Valley Interfaith Project


BUILDING RELATIONSHIPS AND GRASSROOTS POWER

IN NEW HAMPSHIRE AND VERMONT

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United Valley Interfaith Project


BUILDING RELATIONSHIPS AND GRASSROOTS POWER

IN NEW HAMPSHIRE AND VERMONT

OUR WORK

There are so many ways to support our efforts to create long-lasting social change in the Valley, New Hampshire, Vermont, and nationwide.

Whether you spend 5 minutes a month advancing economic justice by becoming a "5 Minute Friend" or share your story for an hour with one of our Story Listeners or work monthly with one of our campaign teams tackling car-title lending or aging with dignity, you are one of the hundreds of people building a movement grassroots change grounded in common faith values.

OUR Issue CAMPAIGNS

Aging with dignity

Economic Justice

Claremont


OUR SPECIAL PROJECTS

5 Minute Friends


The MIcah Awards


Stories Project


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OUR NEWS


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OUR NEWS


Kathy Beckett meets with Director Cordray on behalf of UVIP!

A coalition of two dozen faith leaders, and labor, civil rights, and community groups from states that ban payday lending hand-delivered strongly-worded letters to Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Director Richard Cordray on Wednesday, calling on the federal agency to “use its full authority” to crack down on predatory payday lending. Kathy Beckett represented UVIP in the meeting and brought with her more than 400 letters collected from across the Upper Valley and Claremont.  READ MORE HERE!  Thanks Kathy for representing us so well!!!

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OUR NAME


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OUR NAME


Our name is important to us because it explains WHO WE ARE.

UNITED VALLEY--When UVIP started, people from across the area began building relationships through 1:1 conversations. And through those conversations we quickly realized that the "Upper Valley" was not a term that included all communities. So we adopted a name that communicated our dedication to bringing people together across boundaries of all types, including town.

INTERFAITH--All of our work serves to benefit the broader community, regardless of religious (non) affiliation, but the values that guide are work are values derived from our diverse faith traditions.  Common values like honoring the dignity of every person and a deep belief in the possibility of change bind us together and drive our work forward.

PROJECT--The word "project" is one commonly used in the world of community organizing.  The word "project" in our name  denotes that we are an organization committed to changing the world through the process and techniques of community organizing.  We believe that when people come together with common values to build grassroots power we have the ability to create real, long-lasting change.

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OUR MEMBERS


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OUR MEMBERS


POWER IN NUMBERS

We know real power is built by people power and people power is built through meaningful, values-based relationships.  Our organization is made up of thousands people all working hard to live meaningfully.  They are connected to our social change mission through our 16 faith-based member groups.

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OUR STAFF


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OUR STAFF


Trinity Dix

Executive Director

Trinity joined UVIP in 2015 to focus on gathering stories about people living and working in Claremont. A Claremont resident herself, she spends her time connecting with individuals to better understand the community, identify areas of concern, and champion programs that support the well-being of its residents.

In August 2016, Trinity started as the Executive Director, she is responsible for all of UVIP’s campaigns, staff and funding.

In addition to organizing, Trinity was an event planner for Advancement at Dartmouth College where she worked to keep alumni, family and friends engaged while promoting the work of faculty, students and alumni.

Cayla Dyer

Lead Organizer

Cayla joined UVIP in 2016 to develop and coach leaders in building power through relationships across the Upper Valley, as well as statewide.  Cayla is currently working  with the Economic Justice team on fighting for a higher minimum wage and developing an alternate loan program to predatory lending.  Cayla is also working with the Aging with Dignity team, which has been making strides in increasing the quality of life in its final stages.  Having just moved to New Hampshire from Indiana, Cayla is looking forward to exploring the community around  her.

Beth KOpp

Senior Stories Project

Beth joined UVIP in the spring of 2016. She has a background in the environmental field, but has found her niche in recruiting Upper Valley seniors to share their unique stories. She finds pairing up storytellers and listeners very rewarding. Along with the UVIP Team, Beth is hoping to make connections in all Upper Valley communities. Sharing stories is a vital component understanding our aging community members. Beth is ready to be sure those stories are heard.