Investing Through Community-Defined Service

Through 35 years of trial and error working in grassroots community development, Via International has learned about the impact and power of programs that are responsive to locally defined needs and which call for the leadership of local residents. During this time, we also recognized the desire of people from all walks of life to invest in these local community-defined efforts by volunteering their time to be part of something larger than themselves.

Via’s approach to volunteering facilitates investment in one’s own community. Taking many forms and bringing a much needed influx of energy, understanding, and capital - together this work creates what Via calls a Community Investment.


There are few key principles that we believe are necessary all of our projects:

  • Our work must be community-led

  • We work side-by-side with community members to achieve set goals

  • Dialogue is the cornerstone of work - the real ‘work’ is not just the project but is the space the it provides in order to better understand the cross-cultural impact of issues ranging from gentrification, poverty, and the challenge of building a sustainable future.

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