CNO has been active in many fronts in partnership with community! We have held space with community and we have rallied with our neighbors around renters rights and more.
Every Thursday CNO would host space in Corcoran Park for community to gather and connect. Topics would range from race relations in the City of Minneapolis, violence prevention, resource sharing and so much more. CNO has even hosted ZUMBA in the park and movies in the park. We even hosted our 1st annual Stop the Violence Cookout in partnership with T.O.U.C.H Outreach at Peavy Field Park last year serving over 2000 community members with free food, fun and games.
CNO is also home to our very own Violence Interrupters team who are affectionally knowns as the people in the Orange shirts (T.O.U.C.H Outreach). The service area for our team consist of the Lake Street Corridor as well Corcoran Neighborhood when needed.
Here is a snippet from an article in the Messenger
The Corcoran Neighborhood Organization is one of seven groups sharing a $1,000,000 pilot grant from the City of Minneapolis’ Office of Violence Prevention. The grant was awarded to neighborhood non-profits across the city to mobilize civilian community patrols as part of improving public safety. It runs through Dec 31, 2021. “Community patrols can provide support for people who are struggling, and direct them toward available resources. By building trust, community patrols are effective at de-escalating violence and stopping its spread,” said Alicia D. Smith, the executive director of the Corcoran Neighborhood Organization (CNO).
CNO and T.O.U.C.H. Outreach
CNO is partnering with T.O.U.C.H Outreach to provide a community patrol along Lake Street six nights/week from 5:30-11 p.m. Smith said, “The full team of 20-25 meets in the west Aldi parking lot each night. They break into smaller groups and travel up and down Lake Street by train, bus, and on foot talking with community members and business owners. An engaged community typically has fewer problems than one that isn’t engaged. We are providing an alternative presence to law enforcement on the streets: we are community protecting community.”