We’re community organizers, and we believe in the power of people.
We know that real, lasting change requires more than righteous anger—it requires a program, and it requires ordinary people coming together to fight for the issues that matter to them. We believe that by acknowledging and nurturing the inherent power in all of us, we can work toward a more tolerant, just, and fair America.
But as opponents try to roll back the hard-fought progress millions of Americans have worked hard for, we’re reminded that defending it will require us to stand together again. That’s why we’re mobilizing activists on behalf of progressive issues and values, and why we’re training a new generation of organizers at no cost to them: To help bring communities together and take on some of the most important political fights of our time.
OFA organizers are part of a long line of people who have stepped up to take on the big fights for social justice, basic fairness, equal rights, and expanding opportunity to everyone. They come from all walks of life—from students to veteran community leaders—but they’ve all got one thing in common: They’re making a commitment to their local communities. And wherever they are, OFA is committed to ensuring that they have the tools, skills, and resources necessary to make the greatest impact.
OFA’s growing alumni community helps fuel our organization. Even though many alumni have now gone on to run philanthropic initiatives, lead prominent progressive organizations, work on political campaigns, or change the way the private sector engages with the communities they serve, they still find time to volunteer with OFA. Our alumni know they weren’t the first to fight for progress—and are committed to making sure they’re not the last.
Are you an OFA alumnus or alumna looking to get involved? There are a number of ways to pitch in and help lead the fight on the issues you care about.
The training I got from OFA changed my life. It taught me how to empower people to be the change they want to see. It's on us to ensure the next generation gets the same opportunities.
Former National Training Director
Personal stories are powerful—not only as a tool for organizing, but also for bridging the political divide. Our stories help personalize important political issues that all too often feel distant and complicated. They help us establish relationships and build community with those that share our values, while giving us a better way to connect with those who don’t always view issues the way we do.
We’d love to hear your story: What does Obamacare mean to you? What drives you to take action? Who are you fighting for?