Block Club Services Provided by the Community Action Organization

After you successfully organized your first meeting, you’re well on your way to becoming a visible and viable asset to your community. The next step is to register your block club with The Board Of Block Clubs of Buffalo and Erie County, Inc. When you register with the Board of Block Clubs, your organization automatically is registered with the CAO, The City of Buffalo, and The Buffalo Police Department . Then you should begin working with your Council member, community leaders and the police to ensure that community needs are met.

1.)    Membership Certificate - A membership certificate along with its registered number shall be given as evidence of being a member registered with the BBC & the CAO.  Your organization will be placed on our mailing list (and e-mail list) to receive literature  of interest to block clubs and community activists.

2.)     CAO Staff Specialist – One of our staff specialists will organize your Block Club or Tenant Council, design headers and logos for your newsletters and    fliers .  He/she will  also create a set of bylaws geared to the specific needs of your group, if your appointed bylaws committee has difficulty creating them. Our Staff  Specialists  are a valuable “tool” for your organization to use and are looking  forward to working  with your group to help create a strong, safe, and healthy community.

3.)   Speakers – Our Community Builder Leaders are available to speak with your  group on a wide variety of topics or to assist you in obtaining other speakers.

4.)  Copying and Faxing – Block Clubs are allowed a maximum of 200 copies per month, in black and white (or on colored paper). Free Faxing to local newspapers or government agencies to promote your club’s activities.

5.)  Meeting Room – Our Boardroom, which accommodates 25 people, is available to groups in need of meeting space. Free coffee and tea is provided.

6.)  Computer usage – Our computers are available for your group to use to design newsletters and fliers. Internet access is also available to you for your researching needs.

Please register your group with the Board of Block Clubs as soon as possible!

CAO’S Vision is to achieve sustainable human development whereby people in our communities build full family equity and fulfill their life needs free from poverty and social exclusion. Short term to achieve our mission the CAO will address the most  pressing and immediate needs of our customers. In the long term, we will engage, convene, mobilize and utilize practices, programs and available resources that continually demonstrate the ability of build financial, educational, healthy, safety and positive social  capital in our community.

Our goal is to work collaboratively with all stakeholders to increase neighbor participation in advocating for safe, healthy and informed communities