How Do I get Involved?

Br. John and Don Jose in a one to one

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Power is the ability to act and make lasting change

What you can do individually

In CCOP leaders believe that power is the byproduct of relationship and so every person in the CCOP family is called to have one to one conversations with their own network of people (i.e. frineds, family, neighbors, fellow church members, pastor, etc.) The one to one is real simple it is the art of intentionally sitting down with someone you know, asking specific questions, and listening. 

Here are some questions you can begin asking: 

  • How long have you lived in this community?
  • Is the neighborhood the same now as it was then?
  • What has changed?
  • What are some or your earliest memories of this area?
  • What is something that troubles or concerns you?
  • How does this situation make you feel?
  • Do you know others who feel the same way?
  • What would you do if you had the power or money to make a difference?

What you can do in your neighborhood

In addition to the one to one's, CCOP leaders are organized into local organizing committees called LOC's.  Throughout the city of Camden, LOC's meet regularly to reflect collectivly, present research and work reports, receive training, and work to solve the isses that are affecting their own neighborhood.

  • Monthly neighbhorhood meetings
  • Ongoing issue research and analysis
  • House meetings
  • One to one listening campaings
  • Moving local public actions with public and private officials
  • Faith development and connection to current work

Find the Local Organizing Committee near you

Overview of current LOC's (listed by region). If you don't see your neighborhood or church listed below, no worries, CCOP is growing every day and new LOC's, members, and churches are joining all the time.

North Camden: Camden Bible Tabernacle

Cramer Hill: St. Anthony of Padua; Hope Memorial Baptist; & St. Andrew's Episcopal

  • Contact: Whitney Buchmann wbuchmannccop@verizon.net
  • Current work: Cramer Hill Community Garden, Von Neida Park, Burnt-out abandoned buildings
  • Recent wins: Demolished Abandoned Police Sub Stations and First Community Garden of Cramer Hill

East Camden: St. Joseph's Pro-Cathedral

  • Contact: Whitney Buchmann wbuchmannccop@verizon.net
  • Current work: Expanding Driver's Eligibility to Immigrants, Naitonal Immigration Reform

Bergen Square: St. Bartholomew's

  • Contact: Frank Stiefel stiefelccop@verizon.net
  • Current Work: Welcome Centers for returning citizens
  • Recent Wins: City of Camden commitment to build a public park in Bergen Square

Waterfront South: Sacred Heart; Heart of Camden

  • Contact: Frank Stiefel stiefelccop@verizon.net
  • Current Work: Welcome Centers for returning citizens
  • Recent Win: Local Alleyway used for drug traffic SHUT DOWN!

Fairview: St. Joan of Arc 

  • Contact: Frank Stiefel stiefelccop@verizon.net 
  • Current work: 
  • Recent Wins: Pot holes Fixed on some of Fairview's roads

Citywide Organizing

CCOP does not stop at the neighborhood level, we organize to improve the entire city of Camden.  Quarterly all of the LOC's and leaders meet at a Citywide Leadership Assembley to discuss, train, and give reports on their work.  This body, similar to the LOC's, also organizes around issues that affect the entire city. 

Overview of Citywide Organizing work

Issue Areas in General

CCOP follows the IRON RULE: "Don't do for others what they can and should do for themselves".  What this means is that for an issue to become a "citywide issue" an LOC must have done its own work on the issue and found that local power is not enough to make the needed change. The LOC at the next City Wide Leadership Assembly can then propose that the entire organization work on the issue. 

Here are some of our currenty citywide issue campaigns:

Contract for Camden

  • Connecting Camden residents to employment through job creation, job training and removing barriers
  • Ensuring that Camden residents benefit from jobs created through Economic Opportunity Act incentives

Healthcare

  • Improving medical transportation for Medicaid recipients and ensuring community voice in quality improvement

Lifelines to Healing

  • Connecting returning citizens to health services and removing barriers to employment to reduce recidivism