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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

Immigration support

OUR SPECIAL PROJECTS

5 Minute Friends

The MIcah Awards

Stories Project

A toolkit to help seniors live well, plan well and 'Age with Dignity'

By GRETCHEN M. GROSKY
New Hampshire Union Leader

The Upper Valley region of New Hampshire has one of the oldest populations in a state with one of the oldest populations in the country, according to U.S. Census figures. 

Rob Wendt said the group representing 15 religious groups in the Upper Valley spent three years talking to 400 seniors to hear their stories, see their needs and find ways to help. As part of its work, they are now offering a free toolkit and curriculum to help get seniors talking about self-advocacy, living and dying, and advanced care planning. 

“We’re offering this to the world as a tool for helping with their seniors,” Wendt said. . .See more

Faith Groups Gather in Hanover to Discuss Issue of 'Sanctuary'

By ROB WOLFE
Valley News Staff Writer

Hanover — Members of more than a dozen Upper Valley faith groups gathered on Saturday to discuss ways to support immigrants threatened by the current political climate, an effort that could involve offering sanctuary from deportation to undocumented immigrants.

None of the congregations have formally declared themselves “sanctuaries” — an ill-defined term that generally refers to policies of noncooperation with immigration authorities — save for the Hanover Friends Meeting, the Quaker society on Lebanon Street where the area congregations met for the whole-day forum. . .See more

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OUR NAME


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


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 15 faith and value-based member groups.

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OUR STAFF


OUR STAFF


we're hiring!

Please click the heading for the job description. 

Rod Wendt 

Executive Director

Rod has been involved with what would later become UVIP since the very beginning in 2004. He served as UVIP’s first president, from 2009 to 2011 and again from 2013 to 2017, and has been Executive Director since 2017. He has been involved with virtually every campaign UVIP has ever conducted. These range from improving public transportation, to creating warming shelters for people who are homeless, to fighting predatory payday and car title lending practices, to fighting for a minimum wage, to aging with dignity, to the new immigrant justice campaign.

 

 

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.

Yegene Lee 

COMMUNICATIONS INTERN

Yegene joined UVIP in 2017, working under UVIP’s Executive Director and Lead Organizer, to prepare electronic communications from UVIP to its various member groups, allies, and friends. She is currently an undergraduate in her junior year at Dartmouth College, where she is double majoring in Government and Asian and Middle Eastern Studies. At Dartmouth, Yegene is a reporter for the campus newspaper, The Dartmouth and has been involved in the Rockefeller Center's leadership programs. Outside of campus, Yegene has been involved with North Koreans in America, an organization that seeks to improve the lives of North Korean defectors living in the U.S.