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Pat O'Malley is a freelance writer, civics and government instructor, and consultant for nonprofit organizations.  

With a background in business, economics, and politics, she's worked as a social service provider, advocate, and lobbyist for nonprofits since the 1980s.

Pat teaches American government– civics – through her online column, "Community Matters" and in classroom settings.

For Nonprofit Organizations

  • Social Service Providers
  • Labor Unions
  • Government Agencies
  • Educators
  • Socially responsible companies and individuals



On Social Issues and Programs

  • Hunger
  • Poverty
  • Unemployment
  • Social and Political Literacy
  • Family and Labor Matters

For more information, go to Services

Freelance Writing

American politics are in turmoil because most Americans don't understand Prog Press CM logo.jpghow their government works.

Those who understand how government works know how to influence it. 

Through Community Matters, Pat O'Malley uses the U.S. Constitution and current events to teach American government – civics.

She explains the history, rationale, policies, and procedures shaping government operations.  

She doesn't report the news. 

She explains it. 

You can read Community Matters at

Civics and Government Instruction

Pat offers three courses, available for your staff, members, clients, and the public:

  • Civics 101: American Government and Public Participation.
    It's not your boring middle school civics class.
  • Topics in American Public Discourse.
    Go behind the headlines to learn about ten important topics facing Americans today.
  • How to Influence Your Government.
    If the 99 percent lobbied more, the one percent would have less power.

Contact Pat to schedule classes for your organization.

image002.pngNever doubt
that a small group
of thoughtful, committed people
can change the world.

it's the only thing
that ever has.

(Margaret Mead)

Take the Community Matters Civics Quiz And win a free DVD copy of

Best of Community Matters.