Community organizing

Congregation Rodef Sholom and the Marin Organizing Committee

MOC is an organization of institutions, mostly religious congregations and non-profit institutions, in Marin County, formed for the purpose of creating relational power that can both build and strengthen each member institution as well as shape Marin County’s public policy for the common good. The MOC is affiliated with the Industrial Areas Foundation (IAF).

We organize by building trusting relationships between people of diverse backgrounds and by training leaders to organize within their institutions and to create public relationships with local policymakers. The MOC is intended to be a long-term consensus-building organization that will help institutions in Marin County speak and act for themselves for the common good of our local community.

Here’s just a small sample of how MOC has worked for the common good in Marin. MOC has:
• changed San Rafael’s harsh towing and impoundment policy;
• improved neighborhood safety and lighting in the Canal
neighborhood;
• organized the funding for REST (rotating winter shelter) and HousingFirst; and
• created a climate for the success of the Affordable Care Act by brining all of the key stakeholders to the table.

Current MOC institutions:

  • Congregation Rodef Sholom
  • Congregation Kol Shofar
  • Gan Halev Jewish Congregation
  • St Raphael Catholic Church
  • St Anselm Catholic Church
  • Church of Our Savior, Mill Valley
  • St. Vincent de Paul Society
  • First United Methodist Church, San Rafael
  • First Presbyterian, San Rafael
  • Parent Services Project
  • Marin Interfaith Street Chaplaincy
  • Dominican Sisters of San Rafael
  • Fairfax Community Church
  • Community Congregational Church, Tiburon
  • Mount Tam Methodist
  • Marin Interfaith Council
  • Seniors for Peace Mill Valley

Our "Yes, in My Back Yard" Campaign

A number of MOC leaders attended a recent meeting of the Marin County Board of Supervisors to signal MOC's willingness to stand up and say "yes" to making the county a more livable and welcoming place for all of our residents.  Click here to read the Marin Independent Journal's article about it.

To learn more about MOC's current work, contact: 
•  Meredith Parnell at [email protected];
• Judy Bloomberg at [email protected]; or
• Mike Ralston at [email protected].