Our regional chapters and affiliates work at the grassroots level, drawing in more voices to the call to advocacy. Getting involved with a local chapter is a great way to keep up with all that is happening, engage in local events, and help expand the Center's impact with fun and interactive programs.

Key Activities for Chapters and Affiliates

We encourage our chapters and affiliates to do 3 things throughout the year:

Legislator Visits

With support from the Center, chapters organize to meet with legislators in their home districts to inform them of the key policy priorities of the Center and ask that they be champions for progress.

Educational Programs

Throughout the year, chapter members collaborate with the Center to put together educational programs including film screenings, panels, and speaker series. These programs increase community engagement and further educate the public about Center policy priority issues that impact low-income, vulnerable, and underrepresented communities in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

ex. Social Justice University
One of our flagship programs, Social Justice University, is a series designed to teach members of the faith community how to promote social justice by becoming advocates for systemic change.  SJU attendees receive training materials and hear from leaders about issues, advocacy techniques, and grassroots organizing.  As a hands-on learning experience, participants are empowered to take these skills back to their local community and bring more voices into the legislative and political process.

Fun and Fellowship

Chapter members get together throughout the year to fellowship and share in the spirit of social justice. Events include coffee hours, letter-writing sessions, and house parties.

Our Chapters

We currently have 7 regional chapters and 3 affiliated groups across the Commonwealth and invite you to become a part of the local grassroots efforts in your community! Contact our chapter chairs listed below to see how you can get involved.

Contact: Kim Crater or Dolores Dwyer

Hampton Roads - 
Contact: Rabbi Ellen Jaffe-Gill

James River (Williamsburg, Jamestown, Yorktown)
Contact: John Whitley or Charles Swadley

New River Valley (Blacksburg, Christiansburg, Montgomery County)
Contact: Ruth Grene  or Stephanie Gilmore

Northern Piedmont (Warrenton, Culpeper)
Contact: Scott Christian

Northern Virginia
Contact: Anne Murphy or Darcy Hirsh

Contact: Rabbi Gary Creditor

Our Affiliated Groups

Danville Ministerial Alliance

Interfaith Association of Harrisonburg-Rockingham

Valley Interfaith Council (Winchester)
Contact: John Copenhaver 

Interested in getting involved with one of our chapters? 

Contact us and we'll tell you how you can get involved!