Led by Residents and the Greater Central Community; Central Area Neighborhood Development Organization works to support and strengthen the Central neighborhood in the areas of community building, economic development and housing through engaged and informed action, fostering a neighborhood where everyone can thrive.
Central neighborhood is a safe, clean, vibrant community, where all residents are active participants, united in strengthening the quality of life and economic stability of the neighborhood.
Central Area Neighborhood Development Organization (CANDO) is a community driven organization. All activities are developed and executed by those who live and work in Central neighborhood. CANDO is run under democratic process and while we understand that whomever participates makes final decisions, we hold the value that those who participate are empathetic and understanding in that their decisions affect many people. We encourage continued education for everyone in our community in the areas of culture, community dynamics, economic development, governance and housing. We strive to provide opportunity for growth through learning for all. We as a community invest in the whole of Central neighborhood.
Central Area Neighborhood Development Organization (CANDO) began with an all-volunteer staff to renew the mission of promoting neighborhood livability and stability, fostering economic development and strengthening communication through inclusive and representative community involvement. The organization was granted status as the NRP (Neighborhood Revitalization Program) Citizen Participation Organization for the Central Neighborhood in November 2006. In 2012 and 2013 CANDO restructured to become more inclusive, visible and a greater asset to our community. The values statement was added to our Mission and Vision to guide our organizational culture. CANDO was preceded by Central Weed and Seed and Central Neighborhood Involvement Association (CNIA).