Naugatuck Valley Project

 

Organizational Structure

In order to carry out our mission and to implement our ambitious strategies, NVP has set up a structure of area "Chapters" which cluster 18 dues-paying member institutions, representing 25,000 households, into five contiguous groupings. Member groups from Derby, Ansonia, Seymour and Oxford, for example, form a "Lower Valley Chapter". There are Waterbury, Naugatuck and Thomaston/Watertown chapters and an Upper Valley Chapter with members from towns closer to Torrington. Chapters may meet as frequently as needed to take action on issues of immediate localized concern. Quarterly Delegates' Assemblies and an Annual Convention involve hundreds of people in determining issue priorities and action strategies for our work together.

An Executive Council of five officers, along with chapter representatives sets most other policies, shapes the budget and hires a Staff Director/Lead Organizer. The Staff Director, in turn, hires and supervises a small professional organizing and support staff. NVP's Executive Council is racially and ethnically diverse and consists of low income people and women. 

NVP is a member organization of the InterValley Project (IVP), a regional training and organizing network that includes NVP and five other similar organizations in Maine Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Rhode Island. IVP provides training and consultation to NVP in leadership and staff development, strategic planning and the design of congregational development and issue campaigns. This support comes through on-site visitation at least once per month, monthly IVP staff organizer meetings, yearly staff retreats, and semi-annual leadership institutes.