VOICE - Community Improvement
VOICE is a broad-based multi-racial, multi-faith, multi-issue, multi-county, strictly non-partisan citizens' organization. Its goal is to work together through community action to get things done for the betterment of the community. To learn more about VOICE or to volunteer, please contact Dianne Anderson.
VOICE ORGANIZES SENIORS TO WIN ACTION ON HOUSING AND FIRE CODE VIOLATIONS: VOICE trained 15 leaders from 3 member institutions to conduct listening sessions with over 115 seniors at River Run Senior Apartments in Woodbridge. A team of seniors from River Run and VOICE leaders conducted door knocking of all 300 units to listen to their neighbors' concerns. When VOICE began organizing with residents in March, there were hundreds of building and fire code violations. Over 40 seniors attended an accountability meeting with River Run management to demand change. Due to persistent and consistent organizing, a new management company has been hired and all fire code and building code violations have been abated.
VOICE WINS PRE-K EXPANSION FOR 576 LOW-INCOME CHILDREN: VOICE organized parent and community leaders to push the Prince William County Board of Education to approve unanimously accepting a $10 million Federal grant to expand Pre-K to an additional 576 low-income children, an action that the Board was going to reject before VOICE's organizing. Now, the Pre-K expansion of 8 new preschool classrooms in the fall of 2015 will serve an additional 144 low-income children per year for a total of 576 additional children over the next four years.