A diverse, welcoming community of open hearts and minds since 1948
VOICE is a citizen's organization of more than forty five religious and civic groups in Northern Virginia that collectively encompasses our region's religious, racial, ethnic, and class identities.
VOICE serves four city/county jurisdictions in Northern Virginia: Alexandria, Arlington, Fairfax and Prince William, developing local leadership and organizing citizen power to promote social justice within the political process.
Through the work of its member organizations, VOICE. develops an agenda of social action goals, publicly presents this agenda to elected officials, gains their support, and holds them accountable for their civic responsibilities. VOICE is a permanent political power player in the governance of Northern Virginia.
Metro IAF, a regional affiliate of the Industrial Areas Foundation, provides professional organizing support to VOICE and to similar broad-based citizen power organizations in the northeastern states. Over the past 20 years, these organizations achieved the country’s first living wage law (Baltimore), obtained over $1 billion for neighborhood revitalization and developed thousands of affordable housing units (New York City, Philadelphia, Baltimore, and DC ), and won a nationally heralded victory for universal healthcare (Massachusetts). Their accomplishments inspire vision, courage, and commitment among VOICE participants to work persistently and consistently to win similar accomplishments for justice in our region in the months and years to come. Click here to learn more about the Industrial Areas Foundation.
UUCA ministerial and lay leaders were instrumental in the founding of VOICE in 2005, and the congregation remains one of the most active member groups. Click on this link to read our history and background information.