Kenwood-Oakland Community Organization

Chicago, IL

The Kenwood-Oakland Community Organization (KOCO) was founded in 1965 by community and religious leaders to be a vehicle for grassroots democracy. KOCO utilizes a dual approach to improving the lives of neighborhood families: community organizing and quality programs/services. KOCO's mission states: "Through the sustained engagement of low-income and working families, KOCO develops multi-generational leaders who impact decision-making processes and public policies, improving the quality of life in our local communities." In addition to facilitating the creation of organizing campaigns to address the housing, education, youth and senior needs within our communities; KOCO currently provides: leadership development training, civic engagement activities, youth development initiatives, health and nutrition forums, emergency food assistance, and emergency referrals for housing, domestic violence, employment, and crisis intervention services for community residents.

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