“One Sunday afternoon I picked up my church newspaper and read an article that changed my life. It was an article about ordinary people taking responsibility, making a difference in their community. These people were volunteer leaders with OCCCO. I was so impressed that I quickly made a call to ...OCCCO and asked how I could get involved. To make a long story short, I have been working with OCCCO since 1993, including two years on staff as a community organizer.
“I have helped bring in much needed resources to my community, such as a community center, Community Oriented Policing practices, and after-school programs to many neighborhoods. But what I most proud of is the change I have made in me. I no longer feel like a shy boy without a voice or opinion. I believe that someone has to take responsibility for the problems in the community, and that a united community can meet even the most difficult challenges.
“And this is what OCCCO does. It makes believers out of non-believers. It is an organization that takes an inside-out approach to supporting families and communities in need of resources, leaders and believers. Without OCCCO I don’t think I would have made such a life-long commitment to my community.
“I believe OCCCO has and will continue to make a difference and I invite you to join us.”
- Miguel H. -