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About SLACO


St. Louis Association of Community Organizations, commonly known as SLACO by its friends, has been addressing a broad range of issues related to strengthening neighborhoods throughout its 36-year history.


SLACO was established in the late 1970's and incorporated as a not-for-profit corporation in 1978.  SLACO is a coalition of neighborhood associations in the metropolitan area. Each neighborhood group addresses the needs and concerns of its residents. While the depth and severity of problems facing neighborhoods vary, many challenges are shared by almost all of our neighborhoods.


Help us enhance the strength and diversity of our capacity for leadership on neighborhood issues.  Our membership includes all types of neighborhoods and represents 33 percent of the population of the City of St. Louis.  We're looking for our first Metro East and St. Louis County members associations.  If you are affiliated with a neighborhood association, please urge it to join.


SLACO is guided by principles of self determination, democracy, and an undying faith in the goodness and wisdom of the people in the neighborhoods.  The SLACO board consists of one representative from each member organization, plus a few "at-large" members who add their relationships and skills to the mix. SLACO's professional staff works on issues and projects determined by the Board and neighborhood leaders.


Internships and volunteer opportunities are available year-round and can be tailored to fit individual needs.   To understand more about the organization, visit the newsletter archive or pick up the phone and call us at 314-361-9406.


SLACO is a proud member of the Community Builders Network, which provides technical assistance to community development corporations in the St. Louis metro area.‚Äč