About MOP

MOP's Mission and History

Metro Organizations for People (MOP) was founded in 1979 with the mission of empowering people to strengthen and transform their communities through community organizing. The community organizing process begins locally with member churches, schools, youth and neighborhood associations. MOP trains volunteer community leaders to re-weave the web of relationships in community so that they can effectively work together across race, class and language barriers to rediscover a common good leading to a higher quality of life for our families, children and neighbors.

Our Staff

MOP is led by a dedicated staff of organizers and office professionals that work together to continually improve our organizing.

Our Board

MOP is governed by a Board and Executive Board of Directors comprised of leaders from dues paying member organizations.

Newsletters

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MOP Member Organizations

MOP is comprised of 34 member organizations including 11 schools, 18 congregations and 4 youth and neighborhood groups.

Giving First Profile!

MOP Denver is now a part of Giving First! Giving First's mission is to make donating to local charities an easier and more informed experience for you. By offering comprehensive, objective and up-to-date information about nonprofits.

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News

Aurora Recreation! (YES on 301)
Aurora Deserves New Recreation Centers - Vote YES on 300!
OCTOBER 10, 2011  |  YOUR HUB - DENVERPOST
Aurora City Council responded by entrusting the ARR with conducting feasibility studies in 2010 to identify what facilities were needed to address community needs. With the help of OLC Designs, the architecture firm that designed the Trails Recreation Center, Infinity Park in Glendale and many other world class recreation facilities, and the consulting expertise of Ken Ballard of Ballard*King and Associates, feasibility and operational consultants for numerous successful recreation programs throughout the U.S., the ARR devised and recommended a system of facilities.
Education for a Stronger Economy
Opponents honing in on Haynes
OCTOBER 07, 2011  |  ED NEWS
Her opponents are increasingly painting Happy Haynes as a candidate who would represent the voice of her former employer, Denver Public Schools, if she is elected to the citywide at-large seat she’s seeking on the school board.
Safe Neighborhoods
Gang attacks near Aurora's Central High School tackled at meeting
SEPTEMBER 21, 2011  |  THE DENVER POST
AURORA — Members of the Aurora Central High School community met with parents, students, police and others Tuesday night to figure out ways to fight gang violence. "We have a shared concern about gang involvement in our community," Central High principal Lynn Fair told a sparse gathering at the school. "You're concerned. Let's put our hearts and minds together to solve a problem we all have."
A Temporary Solution for Colorado...
AUGUST 25, 2011  |  THE DENVER POST (LETTER TO THE EDITOR)
Your editorial on Rollie Heath's initiative to raise money for public education was tepid support at best. As a campaign volunteer...
Immigration Reform
In Colorado, advocates and families applaud immigration decision, but critics "just furious"
AUGUST 19, 2011  |  THE DENVER POST
Immigration supporters in Colorado reacted with excitement and cautious optimism Thursday following the Obama administration's announcement that deportation cases will be dismissed for undocumented students and other low-priority immigration offenders. "It is a sign of the times," said Julien Ross, executive director of the Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition. "We've been living with harsh immigration enforcement and an increase in (deportations) the last couple of years. The question is, will this be followed?" For others, like Kristee Paschall, political director at Metro Organizations for People, an organization that aims to bring communities together, the news was just exciting. "We are taking it in good faith," Paschall said. "There are dozens of families that have been affected locally in recent months, and this is great news for them." There is no estimate of how many of the more than 300,000 deportation cases currently being reviewed involve immigrants in Colorado.
Denver Public Schools Holds Successful Practice Runs of New 'Success Express' Shuttle Service
AUGUST 08, 2011  |  SCHOOL TRANSPORTATION NEWS
An innovative program offering increased flexibility and customer service for student riders attending "choice" schools has passed its first two tests prior to the start of school this week.
Revamped DPS bus routes gives students in Northeast Denver more school options
AUGUST 03, 2011  |  THE DENVER POST
Denver Public Schools has revamped its traditional bus transportation system to give students in Near Northeast Denver access to all schools in that area. The new route allows families with no access to personal or public transportation to have access to schools outside their immediate neighborhoods, giving them more options and flexibility. The revamped routes will also benefit many low-income families whose children go to different schools by allowing all of them to ride the same bus.
Near Northeast Success Express Practice Run!
AUGUST 02, 2011  |  DPS (DENVER PUBLIC SCHOOLS) COMMUNICATIONS OFFICE
Denver – The Metro Organizations for People (MOP) community organization has spearheaded an effort to open access to DPS school-bus service to all families in Near Northeast Denver. This year, Near Northeast students can ride the “Success Express”—the district’s new shuttle-bus system that stops at all participating Near Northeast schools and is open to all students attending those schools. MOP and DPS have partnered to host a practice run of the “Success Express” shuttle on the morning of Aug. 3.
Near Northeast Schools
Denver Public Schools shuttle buses will cover all of northeast region
JUNE 05, 2011  |  THE DENVER POST
All students in northeast Denver will have free transportation to Denver Public Schools in their district region this fall. On Thursday, members of Metro Organizations for People, a community group, met with about 20 parents to talk about the new shuttle system that the district named "Success Express." Nearly four years ago, parents in near-northeast Denver— the areas near the intersection of Interstate 25 and Interstate 70 — approached MOP and started conversations with DPS about letting more students ride the bus.
Immigration Reform
Help us stay, Mr. President
JUNE 05, 2011  |  THE DENVER POST
...I felt as though your words were directed toward me, and was so thankful you had recognized the hard work of everyone at my school. What you forgot to mention was that at Bruce Randolph, between 40 and 50 percent of the students are undocumented immigrants. My school may graduate 97 percent of its students, but only about half of them have any real hope of attending college.
Near Northeast Schools
DPS rolling out 'Success Express'
JUNE 03, 2011  |  WWW.EDNEWSCOLORADO.ORG
Nola Miguel, Bruce Randolph School parent liaison and MOP member, praised the new shuttle bus service in Near Northeast Denver.
Immigration Reform
Undocumented Student Writes the President
MAY 23, 2011  |  7NEWS
Bruce Randolph graduate - MOP Dreamer - Class President: Isaias Vasquez shares his story! (Make sure to watch video footage as well!)
Colorado ASSET
deres religiosos presionanana a legisladores
APRIL 05, 2011  | 
Sun Valley LOC
Denver mayor hopefuls talk shop in oft-neglected community
APRIL 04, 2011  |  THE DENVER POST
Colorado ASSET
Interfaith Gathering for Justice in support of in-state tuition for all Coloradans!
MARCH 29, 2011  | 
Sun Valley LOC
Mayoral Forum to be held in Sun Valley
MARCH 29, 2011  | 
Colorado ASSET
Media Coverage of Colorado ASSET passing Senate's Education Committee 5-2
FEBRUARY 17, 2011  | 
Colorado ASSET
Right a wrong: Support Colorado ASSET
FEBRUARY 13, 2011  |  DENVER CATHOLIC REGISTER
Colorado ASSET
Media Coverage of the Colorado ASSET Press Conference on February 2, 2011
FEBRUARY 04, 2011  |  STATEWIDE MEDIA OUTLETS
Sun Valley LOC
Can't take the heat? Get out of the Sun
FEBRUARY 03, 2011  |  THE DENVER POST
Mayoral candidate chose to unveil his economic development plan last week in Sun Valley
School Improvement
For some poor kids, school food is only food
FEBRUARY 03, 2011  |  THE DENVER POST
Colorado ASSET
Good chance of passage in Senate for bill allowing in-state tuition for illegal immigrants
FEBRUARY 03, 2011  |  THE DENVER POST
Accomplishments and Successes
Near Northeast Open House & Transportation Shuttle
JANUARY 30, 2011  | 
Accomplishments and Successes
MOP Applauds Bruce Randolph School for Their Well Deserved Recognition by President Obama
JANUARY 26, 2011  | 
Education for a Stronger Economy
Crunch Time for the DREAM Act!
SEPTEMBER 16, 2010  | 
Senator Harry Reid just announced that he will be putting the DREAM Act up for a vote next Tuesday as part of the Defense Appropriations Bill. And we need to push as hard as we can in the next few days to make it happen!!!
Immigration Reform
Tell Gov. Ritter "Secure Communities" would mean anything but secure communities.
SEPTEMBER 10, 2010  | 
A proposed program known as "Secure Communities" could actually lead to racial profiling, unreported crimes with unclear priorities and uncertain accountability....
Immigration Reform
Students at DREAM University Rally for Passage of the Dream Act
AUGUST 30, 2010  |  MOP ACTION SEPTEMBER 2, 2010
Students gathered at Confluence Park for the "DREAM University" Press Conference followed by a march to the "16th St. DREAM Theater."
Access to Health Care
Another 100,000 Kids Covered and Counting
JULY 29, 2010  |  WWW.ALLKIDSCOVEREDCOLORADO.ORG
The All Kids Covered Initiative, a coalition of partners committed to improving health care for Colorado kids, today celebrated the milestone of health coverage for more than 100,000 children since Governor Bill Ritter took office in January 2007.
Immigration Reform
Interfaith Pilgrimage in Aurora and Denver in Support of Comprehensive Immigration Reform
JUNE 10, 2010  | 
School Improvement
Excellent Teachers and Leaders for All Kids - SB 191 Signed by the Governor!
MAY 27, 2010  | 

Organizing Tools & Resources

Training: 1-1 (PICO National Network)
SEPTEMBER 15, 2011
Context: Leaders have decided to build an organization and now need to understand how to better connect with people in their community. This training exposes them to the elements of a 1-1 visit. Learning Objectives: - Understand the importance of self-interest. - Learn the four steps to a 1-1 visit. - Practice a 1-1 visit.
VIDEO: Faith in Action (The PICO Organizing Model)
SEPTEMBER 15, 2011
Immigration: E-Verify Resources (PICO National Network)
SEPTEMBER 22, 2011
PICO has gathered materials, resources, and links to our allies working for comprehensive immigration reform.