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Ohio Citizen Action Education Fund is the public education and research affiliate of Ohio Citizen Action, the state's largest environmental organization, with more than 60,000 members. Founded in 1976, the Ohio Citizen Action Education Fund is known for developing the first local right-to-know laws in the country in the 1980s, and for our work over the past twenty years in using the information from these laws to support innovative pollution prevention campaigns. Our primary goal can best be described as educating and empowering the citizens of Ohio to advocate and negotiate for improved public, civic and environmental health.
The relationship between Ohio Citizen Action Education Fund and Ohio Citizen Action offers a variety of opportunities for outreach to tens of thousands of Ohioans each year. Ohio Citizen Action operates year-round door-to-door canvass offices in Cleveland, Cincinnati, and Columbus, and a year-round phone canvass. Public education materials prepared by Ohio Citizen Action Education Fund are widely disseminated in one-on-one meetings on front porches and over the phones. In addition, Ohio Citizen Action's website, www.ohiocitizen.org, which also contains materials provided by the Education Fund, is updated daily and has become a lively information tool for our campaigns. Good Neighbor Campaigns In recent times, with an anti-regulatory climate in both Columbus and Washington, activists in Ohio and around the country have been searching for successful ways to prevent pollution without becoming mired in frustration and bureaucracy. Good neighbor campaigns have become a proven way to win concrete, measurable changes in the quality of public health and the environment. Our campaigns in Ohio have leveraged literally tens of millions of dollars in investments by large corporations into the state. (see link http://www.ohiocitizen.org/campaigns/good/gnc.bkgd.html ) The basic principles of good neighbor campaigns are: 1). Researching pollution problems 2). Planning the strategy 3). Community organizing 4). Opening lines of communication with company decision makers 5). Conducting citizen-based testing 6). Appealing to the consciences of company decision makers 7). Working with the media 8). Negotiations on needed improvements 9). Public recognition when changes are made 10). Following up
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