SLACO’s Ride To The Polls

ST. LOUIS ( — In the final hours leading up until Election Day, candidates and local organizations are putting in all the efforts to ensure everyone votes on Tuesday.

At St. Louis Association of Community Organizations (SLACO), volunteers are making dozens of calls reminding voters to get to the polls.

“There’s a lot of people who still haven’t put their plan together,” said SLACO Executive Director Kevin McKinney.

The calls are non-partisan and simply act as a reminder for people to vote as well as offering information on free rides that are available.

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SLACO Conference Postponed

As we were thinking about postponing our annual conference, Federal and local officials made the call for us.  SLACO’s Regional Conference typically draws in excess of 300 guests, which is bigger than 50, so we have to postpone the event.  We hope to reschedule the conference at Vashon over the summer once the crisis has passed.  Our goal is to reschedule the conference on a Saturday in July – we’ll keep you posted.
Thanks for understanding!  Stay inside, check on your at-risk neighbors, and we’ll all get through this together.

SLACO Vista Job Listing – Join our Work!

STL- SLACO Economic Development Associate VISTA


SLACO’s mission is to improve the quality of life for the residents and stakeholders of neighborhoods of the St. Louis region through community-based initiatives, citizen empowerment, and neighborhood organizing, and building the resiliency of its community organizations membership. SLACO has been existence for over 40 years and reaches as a representative over 33% of the residents of the City of St. Louis.

Member Duties : The Economic Development Associate VISTA member will build the capacity of SLACO member neighborhood associations by developing and implementing home ownership classes and neighborhood association building techniques for our member neighborhoods in the City of St. Louis Missouri and East St. Louis, IL. As a result of the Economic Development Associate VISTA member’s service, affected member neighborhoods will organize to decrease poverty by becoming stronger and by implemented techniques that will enhance the opportunity to increase the stability of the neighborhood association. When the neighborhood association becomes stronger, poverty will be reduced through improved economic development opportunities.


Sean Thomas appointed to head Proposition NS Fund

The battle against derelict buildings in St. Louis just got a new leader and $6 million-a-year war chest. 

On Monday, Sean Thomas started work as leader of Project NS, a city effort to shore up salvageable homes owned by the Land Reutilization Authority.

In April 2017, voters approved Proposition NS (Neighborhood Stabilization), which authorized a small property tax increase allowing the city to sell up to $40 million in bonds for stabilizing residential property. That measure said that up to $6 million of the bond revenue should be issued a year.


Taylor Community Consulting Program Report

In 2019, SLACO was chosen to be a partner of the Talyor Community Consulting program at the Olin Business School at Washington University:

The Taylor Community Consulting Program (TCCP) provides students the opportunity to impact the local nonprofit sector. Through team-based, applied learning projects, students enable positive change in the St. Louis community. Projects have included market research and advertising; strategic planning; feasibility studies for expansion; and the infusion of technology into billing and reporting activities.
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For 14 weeks during the 2019 Fall semester, four Washington University students worked with SLACO on two important projects.  The first project was collecting demographic data on each of our member neighborhoods across the St. Louis Metropolitan region.  SLACO and its members may use this data to strategically plan and execute target specific demographic based initiatives.  The data may also be used as supporting evidence and documentation for grant writing proposals.  The second project worked with our Emerging Leaders Youth to create a survey and curriculum to identify why youth may not engage in neighborhood organizing and a curriculum to facilitate discussions and solutions on how to actively include more youth in neighborhood activities and organizing.  The Washington University students did an exemplary job and dedicated many hours working with SLACO and our youth.  The documents they have produced and the data they have compiled are exceptional tools that will allow our member Neighborhood Associations and SLACO to progressively plan, increase engagement to youth, and acquire more funding.  

Pictured below are Kevin McKinney- SLACO Executive Director, Tim Yu- a Washington University Junior, Cade Elliott- a Washington University Sophomore, Rachel Li- a Washington University Junior, Lauryn McSpadden- a Washington University Senior, and Sundy Whiteside- SLACO Board President.

We are happy to release the report prepared for us, on the demographics of SLACO’s neighborhoods and our Emerging Leaders program.

Click here to view the report.

December 7, 2019: NU4Change Re-united

After our biggest year ever – 14 trips! – SLACO invited the participants in all of our neighborhood field trips back to SLACO’s Offices for a wrap-up party. Participants heard from community advocates, discussed what they’d learned from the program, and made plans to collaborate in the future. Thank you to all who participated!

Our 2019 Trip Line-up – Contact SLACO to have your organization join in 2020!

May 4, 2019 – Academy/Sherman Park and Bevo Now

May 23, 2019 – 18th Ward and BJH

June 8, 2019 – Covenant Blue and Lindenwood Park

July 13, 2019 – Cook Ave. Neighborhood Assn and Princeton Heights

July 20, 2019 – Kingsway West and Benton

July 27, 2019 – West End Neighbors and Shaw

Aug. 10, 2019 – Hodiamont Tracks Project

Sept. 5, 2019 – Kingsway East/Fairgrounds and Washington Univ.

Sept. 21, 2019 –Revitalization of Baden and Tower Grove South/TG Heights

Oct. 22, 2019 – Covenant Blu, Vandeventer, Fountain Park, Lewis Place, Academy/Sherman Park and West End

Oct. 25, 2019 –Vandeventer, Fountain Park, Dutch Town, Bevo

Oct. 28, 2019 – Resource Fair and Greenlining

Nov. 12, 2019 –Vandeventer, Lewis Place, Fountain Park and Central West End

Nov. 19, 2019 – Fountain Park, Lewis Place and Fox Park 

Nov. 23, 2019 – BJH and 18th Ward

Congratulations to the Vacancy Collaborative!

On November 20th, 2019, SLACO Board President Sundy Whiteside accepted the Community Planning Champion Award on from the American Planning Association’s St. Louis Metro chapter.

The Vacancy Collaborative (VC) is a coalition of partners committed to the reduction of vacant property as a top priority in St. Louis. Reducing the negative impact of vacancy is a complex puzzle, that requires coordination to achieve a shared vision.
The VC is not a stand-alone entity, but a coalition of community representatives, private and non-profit stakeholders, and City agencies. The VC helps to coordinate existing vacancy efforts under one umbrella and encourages the public and private sectors to work together toward solutions in a comprehensive and coordinated way.