Community Organizing means relationships
Today I visited with my friend Lisa Hicks-Dumanske in San Carlos, California. Lisa is the Development Director for Peninsula Interfaith Action (PIA) which has for its area San Mateo County – which is the peninsula south of San Francisco and north of San Jose. Lisa has worked for PIA for 12 years, and represented her church at PIA for many years before that. We did a lot of shop talk. PIA has many elements in common with Quad Cities Interfaith (QCI) that Church of Peace has been involved with over the years. PIA works with about 25-30 faith based organizations; 18 of which are active. An interesting statistic they keep is that they have some 250 “trained leaders” of which about 100 are active. PIA seems to do a fair amount of issue analysis on a regular basis. Lisa is in charge of fundraising for PIA and I was very interested in this aspect as well.
It all seemed so familiar. PIA is located in Community UCC in San Carlos. We stopped in and Lisa introduced me to the pastor, Rolf Hansen, who has been there about 19 years so far.
Lisa was part of the youth group in one of the churches I served in San Mateo County. I officiated at her wedding with John, and their oldest child is graduating from High School this month and off to college next fall. We did a lot of personal visiting too.