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About WSCO

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Mission

The West Side Community Organization powers the people of the West Side to work together to create a vibrant and thriving neighborhood for all.

Vision

We envision a just, united, self-reliant and bold West Side where all our people a connected, safe, healthy and successful.  We are West Side Proud. We are West Side Strong.

Intentions

  • Host and amplify the powerful voices of the people of the West Side on issues of equity and justice
  • Grow, protect and promote West Side assets and resources
  • Build economic and cultural bridges across the West Side and with other communities
  • Promote communities where all persons thrive

  

Growing out of a movement in 1973 to save Humboldt High School, WSCO remains committed to its activist roots, using organizing and community economic development principles as a foundation for all of its work. The organization works to increase the civic participation of residents by initiating organizing campaigns, providing leadership development opportunities for youth and adults and by educating and building the power base of residents to tackle civic issues. WSCO also acts as a vehicle to inform and shape issues concerning the “built” environment through community economic development planning, organizing resources to clean up urban blight and advocating for equitable development. Finally, the organization works to promote a healthy natural and social environment by addressing food security issues, promoting urban agriculture, recycling and residential energy efficiency.
West Side Community Organization powers the people of the West Side to work together in creating a vibrant and thriving neighborhood for all. WSCO is a 501(c)(3) Nonprofit.  WSCO also acts as the planning council for Saint Paul District 3 (55107)