Fox River Valley Initiative (FRVI)

What is the FRVI?

Fox River Valley Initiative (FRVI) is a growing broad-based group of nonpartisan, everyday citizens dedicated to resolving pressing social problems facing our families and communities in the Fox River Valley of Illinois.

Fox River Valley Initiative works with DuPage United for organizer support, leadership development, relationships, and regional strategy.

History

The Fox River Valley Initiative grew out of interest at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in St. Charles, Illinois for a way to complement direct service to the poor with efforts to address institutional injustice. A series of forums at Bethlehem in late 2008 and 2009 helped its members understand how they could catalyze an organizing drive in the region.

During 2009 and 2010, Bethlehem leaders and IAF organizers began meeting with religious and civic leaders in the adjacent towns of the Valley. They uncovered interest across many religious denominations and in many different towns. In late 2010, this “sponsoring group” of leaders approached DuPage United to see if they would be interested in partnering to bring broad-based organizing to the Fox River Valley.

On May 30, 2013 120 people from across the valley gathered for their first ever leaders assembly. The assembly drew in member and non-member institutions that were very diverse: Muslims, Jews, Christians, Buddhists, association members, and non-profit leaders. Bishop Jeffrey D. Lee from the Episcopal Dioceses of Chicago gave the keynote and charged the audience to not sit idle and to work together for change.

Who to contact for more information

Adrienne McCauley
Ph: (512) 560-8838
adrienne@dupageunited.org

 
Bethlehem Lutheran Church