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About Us

AIM is affiliated with the Industrial Areas Foundation (IAF), the nation’s first and largest community organizing network. AIM began in 1998 when clergy and lay leaders came together to discuss how to address the growing pressures on families in their congregations.

Action in Montgomery (AIM) is a broad-based community power organization, rooted in Montgomery County’s neighborhoods and congregations. We are non-partisan, multi-faith, multi-racial, and dedicated to making our county and state a better place to live and thrive. You’ll find us working for change: door-to-door and in living rooms, in churches and classrooms, in front of the County Council and at the State House in Annapolis.

AIM believes in the ability of people to take leadership and transform their communities.  AIM is committed to training and developing neighborhood leaders so that they can change the economic and social structures that affect their lives. We believe in building for power: power that is reciprocal, that is tempered by our religious traditions and power that creates a table that includes more people in the dynamics of public life.

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AIM in Action

Staff Lead Organizer Cynthia Marshall has been an organizer with Industrial Areas Foundation since 2005. She cut her teeth on organizing at AIM, leading a campaign that won $29.7 million to build recreation centers in historic African American communities. She was the Lead Organizer for the IAF affiliate People Acting Together in Howard, leading campaigns to create a youth conservation corps employing 45 young adults each summer, going door-to-door to sign up 400 low-income citizens get affordable health care, and winning $17 Million for low-income seniors to receive care at home instead of an institutionalized nursing home settings, among other campaigns. She took the lead on building MD IAF’s Agenda on jobs, affordable housing, after-school programs and reducing gun violence. She has also worked on non-partisan Get Out the Vote Campaigns in Ohio and Maryland. Before she started organizing, Cynthia was a Wilderness Instructor at Outward Bound. She earned a Master's degree from Harvard’s Graduate School in Education, and her B.A. at Carleton College. She lives in Maryland with her husband and two children. Associate Organizer Katie Ashmore joined AIM's staff in 2014. Katie worked for three years organizing with the Jewish community in Montgomery County to become part of larger campaigns for social justice as the first Maryland organizer with Jews United for Justice. During that time she led an civic engagement campaign that engaged 18,000 Jewish voters in the 2012 general election and was one of the lead organizers on the effort to raise the minimum wage in Montgomery County and state-wide in Maryland. A graduate of Swarthmore College, she is a New Jersey native and proud to call the DMV her new home. AIM is funded by dues from our member organizations, donations from individuals and the following funders and allies:

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Your tax-deductible gift will help grow our organization and help us continue to stand for justice and fairness in Montgomery County and Maryland. There are a variety of ways you can give. We encourage you to consider a recurring gift in installments every month or quarter.