These organizations are available to provide workshops/trainings for your church.
• Alabama ARISE (http://arisecitizens.org) -- founded in 1994, is a statewide nonprofit, nonpartisan coalition of 150 congregations and community groups and some 1,400 individuals united in their belief that low-income people are suffering because of state policy decisions. Through ACPP, groups and individuals join to gether to promote state policies that improve the lives of low-income Alabamians. In a state that by many measures is the worst place for poor people to live in the United States, ACPP believes acts of charity are vital, but they are not enough; we must work to improve harmful state policies. ACPP provides a structure in which Alabamians can engage in public debates with the goal of improving the welfare of all Alabamians.
• Greater Birmingham Ministries (http://www.gbm.org) -- is a multi-faith, multi-racial organization dedicated to serving people in need, pursuing justice, and building stronger communities. GBM began in 1969 when three different denominations each launched new ministry efforts to respond more effectively to people in need and to seek a faithful community of justice and peace in Birmingham. These three efforts, begun by the United Methodist Church, the Episcopal Church and the United Presbyterian Church (now Presbyterian Church USA), merged in 1971 and set the pattern for GBM's work as shared, ecumenical ministry. Today GBM is sponsored by 20 different faith communities, making GBM now an interfaith as well as ecumenical organization.
• Huntsville Interfaith Mission Service (http://www.interfaithmissionservice.org) -- The Cooperative of the Interfaith Mission Service is more than just a social service agency or your typical non-profit group. We are a congregation-driven network where our member congregations “plan the work and work the plan.” This aspect of our organization is central to who we are and how we operate. Member congregations have one to three seats on our Leadership Council and they set the vision for our organization. Congregations participate in an annual survey to help formulate our annual plan, which is approved by the Leadership Council and implemented by the Board of Directors. The real “work” of the Cooperative is done by the congregations themselves with coaching and guidance from our Specialized Ministry Team. Congregations do the work of the cooperative through the coordinating congregations concept where they pick up a piece of the work and coordinate the details of executing their part in the Cooperative’s annual plan.
• Anniston Interfaith Ministries – (http://www.interfaithcalhoun.org) is a coalition of religious organizations with a mission of developing and coordinating resources and volunteers to meet human needs in Calhoun County, Alabama. In 1975, Protestant, Catholic and Jewish congregations came together to organize the agency, which in 1978 was incorporated as a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Our mission statement is “Bringing God’s people together to serve God’s people in need.”
• Hispanic Interest Coalition of Alabama (http://www.hispanicinterest.org) --¡HICA! Is a nonprofit organization that addresses concerns in the areas of access to healthcare, education, economic development, legal issues and community outreach for immigrant Latinos. It also educates the broader community about immigration and issues affecting Latino immigrants.