About Us

We, who believe in the infinite dignity and worth of every human life and celebrate diversity, affirm the following, and as policy do not discriminate as such:

People of all ages, races, ethnic backgrounds, sexual orientations, gender identities and expressions, educational backgrounds, marital status, physical or mental abilities, theological perspectives, political perspectives, and economic conditions belong in the activities of JONAH and are welcomed with open arms. We commit to finding ways to be more inclusive by strengthening our practice of acceptance and equity for all.

- Adapted from Trinity Lutheran, WISDOM Values, and UU statement

Who We Are

Since 2007, JONAH has been working with people, agencies and organizations to help make our communities healthier, safer and better places for everyone to live and work. We believe that our work is about building community and building capacity to address root causes of poverty and injustice. We come together for this important and public work because when every one person does better, everyone does better.

Where we’ve been most successful, a couple of essential conditions have been met:

  • Organic - Issues or initiatives determined and embraced locally
  • Leader-Led - People or constituencies most affected by the issue (those with ‘real world’ experience) are at the center of the effort
  • Empowerment - Actions have been driven by a trained & well-equipped team of leaders
  • Relational – There has been an ongoing commitment to relationship development and building strategic public partnerships, alliances and partnerships

The pursuit of justice has brought together many people who might not otherwise mix to try to answer questions of how we are called to respond to really BIG systemic issues like poverty, environment, immigration, health, transit and criminal justice reform. A significant and ongoing challenge for us is finding ways to take meaningful action that will begin to mitigate disparities and move us closer to our vision of health, shared prosperity for all.

JONAH is intentionally non-partisan, and known for organizing public conversations about things that matter to people that are both civic and civil. Historically, JONAH has scored successes or sought significant change to our criminal justice system, recycling practices, predatory payday lending, and many aspects of faithful economics. We seek continually to forge new and strengthen relationships with existing public structures like schools, government public health and labor.

We are an interfaith organization welcoming all people to come to justice work because of their faith values (not religious), and part of a larger statewide and national network of groups doing faith-based community organizing. Our board is comprised of the following member institutions, and always open to more:

  • Eau Claire Catholic Deanery (9 parishes)
  • Eau Claire Friends
  • First Congregational UCC
  • First Presbyterian
  • Grace Lutheran
  • Hope United Methodist
  • Immanuel Lutheran
  • Lutheran Church of the Good Shephard
  • Spirit Lutheran
  • St Johns Lutheran
  • Temple Sholom
  • Trinity Lutheran
  • Unitarian Universalist Congregation
  • Unity of Eau Claire
  • University Lutheran
  • The Unitarian Society of Menomonie
  • The Menomonie Area Mission Coalition (14 congregations)

Learn even more about us in our annual yearbooks

JONAH Yearbook 2023-2024

JONAH Yearbook 2022-2023

JONAH Yearbook 2021-2022

JONAH Yearbook 2020-2021

JONAH Yearbook 2019-2020

Find us on Facebook!

JONAH Facebook page for all things JONAH

JONAH Affordable Housing Facebook page 

JONAH Child Poverty Facebook page 

JONAH Immigration Facebook page 

JONAH Environmental Facebook page

We want to hear from YOU!

Do you have a question about JONAH’s work or services? Are you seeking support or training to address a community issue affecting you or a loved one?

Contact our organizer, Lynn Buske!
[email protected]