Started in 1982, the Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy is Virginia’s oldest faith-based advocacy group. We are a broadly diverse, morally driven group of advocates working to advance public policies that better serve low-income, vulnerable, and underrepresented communities in the Commonwealth of Virginia. We engage and educate people of faith and the general public regarding critical social issues, the legislative process, and the call to advocacy.
If you would like to join our email list you can use this link.
Through partnerships with other statewide non-profit advocacy organizations and our own grassroots networks, we empower and unite faithful advocates in Virginia to:
There are a number of ways to get involved with the Virginia Interfaith Center and our advocacy work. The first step is to learn about our priority issues and about how to be an effective advocate on those issues. Our Advocacy Toolkit can help as you raise your concerns to your elected officials and in your local paper. Take time to learn more about the General Assembly. To track bills and learn more about how your elected representatives are voting, visit Richmond Sunlight or the Legislative Information System (LIS).
Should faith communities be involved in public policy? We think so! See our resource guide about the call to advocacy across Abrahamic Faith traditions. Other faith traditions also speak up for justice and you can too. If you are interested in receiving daily emails with prayers for legislators, be sure to indicate that when you sign up for emails!
Your congregation can also become a Faith Advocacy Partner for the Center. These are churches, synagogues, temples, mosques, seminary and undergraduate faith groups and other social justice organizations committed to partnering with each other and with the Virginia Interfaith Center for more effective advocacy. Faith Advocacy Partners join their voices with people of faith from across the state. Together, our faith communities represent a powerful, moral voice for social change. Participation in the network also provides faith communities with access to Virginia Interfaith Center’s wide range of advocacy resources, from education curriculum and legislative updates to advocacy training and leadership development.
Please be sure you are signed up for our emails, which will include action alerts when you need to raise your voice and call your legislator as bills move through the General Assembly. We also encourage you to participate in denomination specific lobby days and local chapter events throughout session, a list of which can be found here.
Get connected to other Center advocates in your community through our local chapters. Chapters host educational programs, social events and coordinate their advocacy efforts. Click here to learn more about our Chapters and how to get involved.
Finally, we invite you to become an individual or congregational supporter of the Center. As a nonprofit organization, we rely on the financial support of advocates to help amplify our voices and achieve our vision of a more just and compassionate Commonwealth. Become a financial supporter today.
As stated above, we currently have five regional chapters and two “affiliated groups” across the Commonwealth and invite you to become a part of the local grassroots efforts in your community! (We’re hoping to add a new chapter in Charlottesville soon!) Contact our chapter chairs to see how you can get involved.
The Virginia Interfaith Center also advocates with and through a network of Faith Advocacy Partners. These partners are churches, synagogues, temples, mosques, seminary and undergraduate faith groups and other social justice organizations committed to partnering with each other and with the Virginia Interfaith Center for more effective advocacy.
The Center has some great volunteers, but always have room for more. If our issues are things you feel strongly enough to work on, we’d love to speak to you.
Getting supportive resolutions adopted can help push an issue forward at the state level by showing a senator or delegate that the people they represent are aware of and favorable towards a particular position. As they say, “all politics is local.”
Is everyone in your congregation registered to vote? Does everyone faithfully vote on Election Day or use early “absentee” voting opportunities? Does your community have lots of people who are unregistered or who don’t regularly vote? Our voter registration and get-out-the-vote program is non-partisan and focused on under-represented communities.
A house party is a fun social gathering of friends, family and neighbors who are committed to racial and economic justice or are interested in learning more about the issues facing low-income families in Virginia, and what they can do to help. And it is an event designed to raise financial support for the Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy.
This page offers links to several videos related to the Virginia Interfaith Center, the legislative process, and a how-to message.