Piano Recital

Young Piano Group Performance!

SLACO is active in programs big and small, throughout St. Louis.  One of the smaller (and cuter!) programs is our Young Piano Group.  This year's artists just had a performance on May 22nd.  Take a look!

Community Change Grant from America Walks



Contact: Kevin B. McKinney, Executive Director

St. Louis Association of Community Organizations (SLACO)






ST. LOUIS, April 30, 2019—The St. Louis Association of Community Organizations (SLACO) is honored to receive one of 20 Community Change Micro Grants awarded by America Walks for use in 2019. The grant program supports local efforts to create safe, accessible, and enjoyable places to walk and be physically active for all community members. Since its beginning in 2015, this grant program has provided funds for a variety of projects demonstrating the creativity and passion of walking champions across the U.S.

SLACO was selected from over 600 applications for projects that demonstrate the passion, creativity, and commitment of local walking champions. With support from partners, including the Juliet Ashby Hillman Foundation, Lyft, the Missouri Health Foundation, the National Center on Health, Physical Activity and Disability (NCHPAD), and WalkBoston, 20 projects will be supported in 2019. Awardees will work with America Walks and other members of the Every Body Walk! Collaborates will successfully complete their projects and share their lessons with other community change agents. While the projects and programs work to improve walkability, the results of each grant will have a positive change on many areas of that community.

“Through our work, we know that when local community change agents work to get their neighborhood on the walking path, great things happen,” said Executive Director Kate Kraft. “Each of these grantees has a vision of how improving conditions for walking can lead to healthier communities. Our hope is that the work of these grantees will inspire action across the US to create communities where all can be active, healthy, and engaged.”

SLACO will be promoting a campaign promoting the benefits of walking. The strategy will focus specifically on the health benefits of walking to residents that do not incorporate walking or regular exercise into their daily lives. The successful implementation of this project will bring long-term health benefits and provide additional opportunities for community residents to come together in becoming change agents in a manner that they have never considered.

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About America Walks: America Walks is a 20-year-old national non-profit organization dedicated to empowering communities and advocates to create safe, accessible, and enjoyable places to walk and be physically active for all. The organization provides its diverse network of over 30,000 advocates and hundreds of local, state, and national organizations, with the tools, resources, and experts needed to build capacity, gain experiences, and successfully promote walking and walkability. Learn more at www.americawalks.org

About St. Louis Association of Community Organizations (SLACO): SLACO is a 40-year-old organization that serves as an umbrella and coalition for the neighborhood associations in the St. Louis metropolitan area.  The 30 grassroots neighborhood groups that are SLACO members learn from and network with one another, and may take direct action where appropriate and necessary to create a desirable urban environment. SLACO’s mission is to improve the quality of life for residents and stakeholders of neighborhoods in the St. Louis region through community-based initiatives, citizen empowerment, and neighborhood organizing. SLACO is located at 5888 Plymouth Avenue, 63112. The phone number is 314-361-9406. The website is www.slaco-mo.org.

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“The grassroots community group that worked to persuade voters to raise taxes to shore up vacant homes in St. Louis has a message for City Hall: Don’t mess this up.

In fact, the group is speaking out in desperate hope of derailing Board Bill 222, which could see fast-track passage as early as this morning at the city’s Board of Aldermen.”

Source: Backers of Tax Hike for Vacant Homes Blast Mayor’s Office for Seizing Control | News Blog

‘Key To Progress’: How St. Louisans Are Using Community Organizing And Engagement To Make Change | St. Louis Public Radio

“On Wednesday’s St. Louis on the Air, host Don Marsh explored how community organizing has evolved in the St. Louis region over the past 40 years.

Joining the discussion was Kevin McKinney, executive director of SLACO – the St. Louis Association of Community Organizations – which is anticipating its 23rd annual Regional Neighborhoods Conference set for this Saturday.

McKinney delved into the kind of effect community organizing can have on a community.”

Source: ‘Key To Progress’: How St. Louisans Are Using Community Organizing And Engagement To Make Change | St. Louis Public Radio

St. Louis and Baltimore share ways to fight vacancy | Metro | stltoday.com

“Judith Arnold, of Neighborhoods United for Change, promoted her program which pairs residents of north and south St. Louis. They tour their neighborhoods, getting to know each other and their homes.

The program has held 10 exchanges involving 165 residents and is recruiting for its next exchange. Send email to KMcKinney@slaco-mo.org or call 314-361-9406 to learn more.”

Source: St. Louis and Baltimore share ways to fight vacancy | Metro | stltoday.com

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As detailed in the Post-Dispatch’s “Tipping Point” series, St. Louis has a serious vacant property challenge that cries out for serious action. Like other metropolitan areas (including Baltimore, Detroit, Memphis, Cleveland and Kansas City), we must face the consequences of decades of suburban expansion, population loss, detrimental public policies, predatory investors, regional dynamics that have contributed to an overbuilt housing market and a hollowed-out urban core, and disinvestment. These consequences will not be reversed quickly, easily or without considerable financial resources.


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The St. Louis Association of Community Organizations hopes to officially launch their Sisterhood Initiative next year. The program will pair neighborhoods north and south of Delmar Boulevard for year-long working partnerships in an effort to bridge the so-called “Delmar Divide.”

SLACO Executive Director Kevin McKinney said the initiative is an extension of another of the organization’s programs known as Neighborhoods United for Change.

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