San Bernardino and Riverside Counties make up the Inland Empire — the third most populous region in California. The sprawling mix of suburban and rural communities has had their share of problems, such as the country’s highest foreclosure and unemployment rates. However, the traditional political landscape of the Inland Empire has also been shifting in recent years.
Demographic shifts are creating opportunities to re-shape the future in the Inland Empire and California Calls’ civic engagement work has been crucial in creating movement infrastructure to sustain a new generation of civic engagement organizers. California Calls’ diverse coalition of anchor groups organize locally on many levels: from providing foster family services, to faith-based and traditional community organizing, these organizations are building power to address the myriad issues affecting the region.
Communities for a New California is a statewide civil and human rights organization committed to achieving public policy that is socially, economically, and environmentally just for California’s families. Their areas of expertise include strategic organizing and public policy advocacy. Their geographic focus is in the Central Coast, San Joaquin Valley, Imperial and Coachella Valley.
COPE’s focus is to build a collaboration of proactive and prophetic leadership to address and serve neglected African American neighborhoods. They have trained over 350 clergy, lay leaders, parents, and community leaders in the art of faith-based community organizing. Their areas of expertise include faith-based community organizing, public policy formation, program development, mentoring relationships, development of regional and local public policy initiatives. They work in San Bernardino and Riverside Counties.
600 North Arrowhead Ave. Suite 300
San Bernardino, CA 92401
Knotts Family Agency was established in 1992 by Gwen and James Knotts as a safety net strategy for homeless teens and their babies. The organization evolved from a focus on foster care to now supporting safe, stable families and communities, through programs and policy advocacy. Their areas of expertise include access to care, health and social welfare policy, community-based participatory research, homeless teens and their babies, foster care, parenting, youth mentoring, financial and environmental literacy, job training, and early intervention efforts to improve mental health. They work in San Bernardino and Riverside counties.
1505 W. Highland Ave
San Bernardino, CA 92411