Founded 1977 in the KCMO Blue Hills Neighborhood, CCO's initial purpose was to address racial "redlining" and "blockbusting." These practices excluded and exploited the black community of Kansas City. Since then, our focus has remained on neighborhood organizing, following our roots in social justice advocacy.


Communities Creating Opportunity envisions a society with human dignity at the center of public life.



Communities Creating Opportunity organizes diverse communities and people of faith to realize their power, develop strong leaders, unite partners, and advance solutions to our connected challenges.



Dignity, transformation, relationship, justice, faith, action


Healthcare access and equity

Racial equity and inclusion

Violence interruption and prevention

Economic dignity

Early childhood education