PICO is a national network of faith-based community organizations working to create innovative solutions to problems facing urban, suburban and rural communities. Since 1972 PICO has successfully worked to increase access to health care, improve public schools, make neighborhoods safer, build affordable housing, redevelop communities and revitalize democracy.
PICO helps engage ordinary people in public life, building a strong legacy of leadership in thousands of local communities across America.
Nonpartisan and multicultural, PICO provides an opportunity for people and congregations to translate their faith into action. More than 40 different religious denominations and faith traditions are part of PICO.
With more than 1,000 member institutions representing one million families in 150 cities and 17 states, as well as a growing international effort, PICO is one of the largest community-based efforts in the United States. Together we are lifting up a new vision for America that unites people across region, race, class, and religion.
In PICO's congregation-community model, congregations of all denominations and faiths serve as the institutional base for community organizations. Rather than bring people together simply based on common issues like housing or education, the faith-based or broad-based organizing model makes values and relationships the glue that holds organizations together.
Twenty years ago, Ron Evans of Camden, NJ was searching for a way to address the growing problems in his community. In his search, Evans came across the burgeoning field of faith-based organizing. He liked what he saw and went on to become one of the founders of PICO affiliate Camden Churches Organized for People (CCOP).