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Founded in 1983, The Naugatuck Valley Project (NVP) is a network of 23 dues-paying congregations, local labor unions, housing cooperatives, and ethnic organizations.  The NVP’s leaders and members work together to build power to affect systemic change for the improvement of their local communities.


The NVP builds its power through intentional relationship building, leadership training, issue exploration, and direct-action activities.  We empower low and moderate-income people and their allies to have a strong voice in decisions that affect their lives. The NVP works with allies where interests intersect on collaborative campaigns that affect policies at the municipal, regional, state and federal levels.  


Below, just a few highlights of our numerous impacts and successes in the Naugatuck Valley Community. None of this would be possible without the engagement, support, and determination of community members like you.


Secured national “pilot” status for the Valley and more than $800,000 in funding to start the  redevelopment of toxic industrial sites


Developed the leadership skills of hundreds of adult and youth leaders through formal and informal leadership training 


Organized white and blue collar workers in three employee buy-outs of factories threatened with closing


These are just a few examples of the change NVP has accomplished!


Organized to win the development of Brookside, 102 units of permanently affordable, cooperatively-owned housing

Public Services

Organized the Valley’s first Latino/Hispanic Resource Center to provide translation services and referrals for new immigrants



Alexander Kolokotronis - Director

Jacqueline Bayas - Organizer

Karime Pimentel - Lead Organizer

Karime Aybar - Communications Specialist

Executive Council

Richard Natale - President

Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, Waterbury

Brenda Morisette - Vice President

SEIU 1199NE, Waterbury

Angela Aybar - Treasurer

Iglesia Cristiana Casa del Perdon, Waterbury


Rotating assignment month-to-month

Karime Pimentel - Environmental Justice Committee Representative

Dominicanos-US, INC, Waterbury

Bernadette Sands-Jordan - Brookside Cooperatives Representative

Unity Cooperative, Waterbury

Kit Salazar-Smith - Hospital Accountability Committee Representative

Western CT Area Labor Federation, Waterbury

Steve Schrag - Hospital Accountability Committee Representative

Western CT Area Labor Federation, Waterbury

Father John Cooney- Domestic Workers / Comunidad de Trabajados Domésticos Unidos


Jacqueline Bayas - Domestic Workers / Comunidad de Trebajados Domésticos Unidos 

Comunidad de Trabajadores Domésticos Unidos

Reverend Lionel French - Congregation Representative

Basilica of the Immaculate Conception

Dino Pantoni

Basilica of the Immaculate Conception


Archbishop Annual Appeal

Catholic Campaign for Human Development

Episcopal Diocese of Connecticut 

Evangelical Lutheran Church of America

Presbyterian Hunger Fund

Connecticut Community Foundation

Watertown Foundation

Raskob Foundation for Catholic Activities

Tufts Health Plan Foundation

Universal Health Care Foundation

Unitarian Universalist Fund for a Just Society

William Caspar Graustein Memorial Fund

Woodward Foundation

Community Partners

Connecticut AFL-CIO


Neighborhood Housing Services of Waterbury


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