In your community

Concerned about poverty and hunger on a global scale, but not sure how to make a difference at the local level?

The Oxfam Action Corps is an exciting grassroots effort to stand up to poverty, hunger, and injustice around the world—starting right in your community. The Action Corps is a group of trained grassroots advocates in 14 US cities who organize with other local volunteers in support of our GROW campaign for policies that will save lives, defend the rights of women and farmers, and protect communities worldwide from rising food prices and climate change. It includes a free national advocacy and leadership training for select participants.

"Oxfam Action Corps has really helped me professionally. Before the training I was working as an administrative assistant and never had a chance to take charge of an event. With Oxfam Action Corps I had opportunities to lead events and reach out to allies. It prepared me for a huge career change, directing a small nonprofit." —Jessica Lettween, Minnesota Action Corps

Join with educators, health workers, scientists, students, parents, lawyers, musicians, retirees, veterans, farmers, business owners, and others who donate their time and considerable skills to building a lasting presence for Oxfam in their community.

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Volunteer with the Oxfam Action Corps

When you volunteer with the Oxfam Action Corps, you take actions like holding a house party or collecting signatures at a concert. You could lead a delegation to a lawmaker's local office, organize a petition drive, or plan an Oxfam America Hunger Banquet. Anyone is welcome to volunteer, regardless of age or experience level—all you need is a willingness to make a difference. Volunteers receive continuing support from Oxfam, including campaign materials, strategy tips, and advice on community organizing. Each city has two trained volunteer corps organizers who welcome and orient volunteers throughout the year.

Anyone can volunteer immediately with the Oxfam Action Corps--no special skills required. Volunteers work closely with volunteer lead organizers. Sign up here to join the Oxfam Action Corps.

We’re seeking volunteers in the following US cities:

  • Albuquerque, NM;
  • Austin, TX;
  • Boston, MA;
  • Chicago, IL;
  • Columbus, OH;
  • Des Moines, IA;
  • Indianapolis, IN;
  • Madison, WI;
  • Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN
  • New York City, NY;
  • Philadelphia, PA;
  • San Francisco Bay Area, CA;
  • Seattle, WA;
  • Washington, DC.

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