Naugatuck Valley Project

 

About the Naugatuck Valley Project

Roots

NVP was founded in 1983 by churches, unions and citizensí groups concerned about the rapid exodus of manufacturing jobs from the region during the early and mid 1980s. Original sponsoring organizations were the Catholic Archdiocese of Hartford, the Episcopal Diocese of Connecticut, the Connecticut Conference of the United Church of Christ, United Auto Workers Region 9a and the Connecticut Citizen Action Group (CCAG).

We are located at St. John's Episcopal Church, 16 Church Street, Waterbury, CT 06702.

Naugatuck Valley Project Background

The Naugatuck Valley Project (NVP) is a community-based regional organization of twenty-one dues-paying religious congregations, housing cooperatives, labor union locals, and educational and small business organizations. NVPís organizing region includes Waterbury, Naugatuck, Beacon Falls, Watertown, Thomaston, Ansonia, Derby, and Seymour, as well as surrounding towns and suburbs. 

Organized in l983 to save and create jobs, critical public and private services and investment in one of the oldest, and now poorest, industrial areas in the nation, NVP provides leadership development for scores of low and moderate-income people as they engage in community organizing and economic development campaigns. Our mission is to build relationships among diverse groups around their shared values and help them organize to gain the power to put these values into action. 

NVP is a member organization of the InterValley Project (IVP), a regional training and organizing network that includes NVP and six similar organizations in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Hampshire and Maine, which provides training and consultation to NVP in leadership and staff development, strategic planning and the design of congregational development and issue campaigns. 

NVP's accomplishments include improving medical interpretation at Valley hospitals, and working with others statewide to win approval of state funds for medical interpretation reimbursement; creation of Naugatuck Valley Housing Development Corporation, a community land trust which has built or rehabbed 107 units of permanently affordable housing; the establishment of the Multi-Metals Training Program, a model job-training partnership with local industry and educational institutions; the Brownfields Pilot, an EPA-sponsored regional project which has begun to clean up a number of the Valley's 169 industrial brownfields; securing $2.4 million in tax relief for low-income residents of Waterbury; and creating the Naugatuck Valley Healthcare Jobs Partnership which thus far has led to the training of 60 Valley residents for clinical positions.

NVP helped win passage of the Safe Drivers Act that allows immigrants to qualify for licenses, increasing their mobility, and reducing their fear of arrest.