The Vincentian Ohio Action Network (VOAN) is a 501c3 organization was formed by the Society of St. Vincent De Paul Diocese Council of Columbus in 2014 through the generous support of the Catholic Campaign for Human Development to help carry out the mission to end poverty through systemic change.
VOAN develops leadership skills and organizational capacity among members in the community experiencing poverty and marginalization so they can educate the community and come to the table with policymakers on issues that directly impact their lives.
We build collaborative organizing projects, like our Think Tanks on Poverty which operate across 5 counties throughout Central Ohio, that address systemic issues that are priorities for our members, such as criminal justice reform, living wage employment, access to mental health and addiction services, access to transportation, access to broadband internet.
VOAN staff and leaders are active in local reentry coalitions and we are engaged in a number of projects that provide in-reach, peer mentorship, and support to those returning to the community from incarceration. We also have an ongoing statewide focus on criminal justice reform and reentry policy change.