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How We Work Together to Achieve our Goals

(adapted from the PICO Community Organizing Model)

In IndyCAN’s congregation-community model, congregations of all denominations and faiths serve as the institutional base for community organizations. Rather than bring people together simply based on common issues like housing or education, the faith-based or broad-based organizing model makes values and relationships the glue that holds organizations together. 

IndyCAN's Community Organizing Model

IndyCAN builds community organizations based on religious congregations, which are often the only stable civic gathering places in many neighborhoods. As a result IndyCAN is able to engage thousands of people and sustain long-term campaigns to bring about systematic change at all levels of government.

IndyCAN provides intensive leadership training that teaches people how to use the tools of democracy to improve their communities. As a result IndyCAN is led by ordinary people who have learned to successfully use the levers of power to bring resources and political attention to their communities.

IndyCAN brings people together based on faith and values not just issues or anger. As a result IndyCAN has the ability to act on a comprehensive vision for our community.

IndyCAN challenges its leaders to listen to the concerns and ideas of their neighbors through individual one-on- one meetings, house meetings and listening campaigns. As a result, IndyCAN establishes a broad following and choose issues that matter most to our community.  

IndyCAN takes the time for leaders to meet with public officials and policy experts to research how things work and who really has the power to make changes. As a result IndyCAN leaders become the experts and are able to get to the root causes of problems facing their communities. 

IndyCAN teaches the art of compromise and negotiation. As a result IndyCAN finds common ground with public officials who are both Republican and Democrat, conservative and liberal, to bring needed changes to communities. 

IndyCAN does public business in public through large action meetings. As a result, IndyCAN gains the reputation for being able to gather together large numbers of people over and over to hold themselves and public officials accountable.

IndyCAN influences public policy from the ground up by starting with local problems faced by families and then doing careful research.