Community Organizing Residency

Interested in a career in community organizing but wondering how to move forward?

The Community Organizing Residency (COR) is a six-month, paid residency for people from different faith backgrounds who want to make community organizing their profession. They will gain social justice experience working with leading community organizing groups in New York City, Chicago, Los Angeles, and the San Francisco Bay Area.

Read about 2010 – 2011 Resident Naim Shah in the LA Times: Working to boost social activism among Muslims

Organizers bring people together to act on their shared values and interests, to create more meaning in their lives, and to build a better world. Interweaving relationships, motivation, strategy, and action, they build powerful communities to influence the decision and policies that affect their lives.

There are two paths into COR. Path A is for individuals seeking a full-time, paid placement in a top-tier community organizing group. Path B is for individuals currently working in congregations, unions, or community groups who are seeking, leadership training, mentorship, an opportunity to explore other faith traditions and a cohort of peers.

Residencies begin September 14, 2011 and end March 14, 2012. Applicants accepted through Path A will receive a $17,000 stipend and health care. To apply for Path A or Path B, submit your application by April 8, 2011. Applications can be found at

The Community Organizing Residency is an initiative of the Jewish Funds for Justice, with program support from the American Muslim Civic Leadership Institute, the Poverty Initiative at the Union Theological Seminary, and the Jewish Organizing Initiative. For more information contact: