Send Mary to D.C.!

From June 25 to 27, we'll be attending the People's Action National Conference.  Once we're in D.C., we'll be meeting with other action groups, talking to our representatives, convening with leadership within People's Action, and more!

We need your help to get there.  Each attendee is raising $650 or more to cover per-person travel expenses.  And every little bit helps!  How much can you give to help Mary get to Washington D.C., this year?

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  • commented on Contact 2022-02-01 15:13:43 -0500

  • published Work for CUFA in About 2021-08-04 10:47:12 -0400

    Work for CUFA

    Communities United For Action is hiring a Community Organizer. We are accepting applications on a rolling basis until the position is filled, however we will begin first round interviews in January 2024. Applicants are encouraged to apply before December 31, 2023.

    Community Organizer

    Position Description:

    The Community Organizer will work as part of the organizing team to increase our membership and to develop strategic campaigns to help members organize toward structural change on the issues they care about. By working strategically, Communities United For Action (CUFA) organizers will train people to be community leaders that can successfully influence public policy and business practices.


    • Recruit and train members who are concerned about issues impacting their lives.
    • Work with members on a team that will advance strategic campaigns related to these issues.


    • Recruit new CUFA members by developing relationships with groups, attending community meetings, door knocking, phone banking, and using social media to build CUFA’s power.
    • Conduct one-on-one meetings with members and prospective members in their homes, when possible, to build relationships, uncover self-interests, develop clarity, and gather information.
    • Convene leadership meetings with issue teams to plan and implement strategic campaigns to effectively address the issues of concern to our members.
    • Develop the leadership skills of members to implement their campaigns successfully. This includes training leaders to host public meetings with decision-makers, coaching them to give testimony at public meetings, and helping them develop and implement direct action plans.
    • Ensure good turnout for meetings. This could include but is not limited to making and distributing fliers and email alerts, reminding members to recruit people for meetings, posting to social media, making event turnout phone calls, and giving rides to CUFA members.
    • Assist issue teams in doing political power analysis to develop strategic campaigns that include base-building plans that address the issues our members are concerned about.
    • Work with organizing team to plan and write email blasts and website posts; explore using other social media as appropriate.
    • Maintain database to keep track of meeting attendance and leadership development.
    • Write and submit grant reports to the Executive Director.


    Previous experience working with a community organization required, two years preferred. Must be able to work as part of a socioeconomically diverse team. Excellent leadership skills and time management. Computer skills including social media required. Experience with decision-making, prioritizing tasks and managing details. Ability to consistently meet job requirements with limited supervision. Must be willing to work a flexible schedule including some weeknights and one to three weekend days per month. Must be able to travel for training. Must have reliable transportation.

    Physical Requirements:

    Must be able to door knock, including walking 1-3 miles. Must be able to walk up steps during door knocking. Must be able to lift at least 15 pounds. Must be able to type on a computer.


    $42,000-$45,000 per year, commensurate with experience. Generous paid time off, health insurance, and other benefits.

    To Apply:

    Submit a resume and cover letter to:


    [email protected]
    Subject: Community Organizer Position

    Attn: Alison Kromer
    Communities United For Action
    103 William Howard Taft Rd.
    Cincinnati, OH 45219

    Download or print a PDF of the position description.

  • published Watch: Stormwater Management 101 in Sewer Justice 2021-07-07 11:56:13 -0400

    Watch: Stormwater Management 101

    On July 1 2021, representatives of the USEPA and the Hamilton County Soil and Water Conservation District answered CUFA members' questions about how storm water runoff can be managed. Watch the meeting below.

    Here is some helpful information shared in the meeting:

    For information about what the Stormwater Management Utility does to solve runoff disputes between property owners:

    For a free consultation about runoff or erosion problems:  Hamilton County Soil & Water Conservation District phone number: 772-7645

    Report Sewer Back ups to the Metropolitan Sewer District within 48 hours of discovery: 352-4900

    Slides shared by the US Environmental Protection Agency

    EPA Stormwater Program

    What is Green Infrastructure?

  • published CUFA Supports Issue 3 in CUFA News 2021-04-12 13:50:16 -0400

    CUFA Supports Issue 3


    26,000 families and individuals in Cincinnati need an affordable place to live.  CUFA is supporting Issue 3 on the May 4 ballot to provide a funding source for the Affordable Housing Trust Fund.  Voting "yes" will fill our housing gap and does not call for cutting other budgets.

    Read more

  • published clean energy grants in Clean, Affordable Energy 2021-03-23 16:16:32 -0400

    Your Organization Can Apply For a Clean Energy Grant

    Organizations: Apply for $800-$1,200 to work for Clean, Affordable Energy

    Communities United For Action is offering 12-18 mini-grants to help groups work for clean, affordable energy.  Grant money may be spent on any aspect of the organization’s work to educate and activate its members to promote affordable and sustainable energy. Permissible activities could include:

    • Hosting meetings to learn about affordable energy solutions
    • Helping members to learn how they can weatherize their homes
    • Hosting discussions about climate change
    • Helping members enroll in energy assistance programs


    In order to qualify, organizations must:

    • Be a 501 c(3) organization or have a fiscal sponsor that is a 501 c(3) organization
    • Be located in Hamilton County, Ohio
    • Have an annual budget of under $200 thousand
    • Agree to use the grant received on approved 501 c(3) activities (i.e. no political activities)
    • Agree to send at least 3 organization members to 3 at least CUFA meetings during the 12-month grant period
    • Agree to submit reports of usage of grant funds at 6 months and 12 months.


    To apply, download the application below and mail or email it, and required attachments, to CUFA NO LATER THAN 5 p.m. on September 30, 2021.

    Find application here

    Questions?  Email us at [email protected] or call 853-3947.