Mission: NESCO engages Near Eastsiders to work toward the safety and betterment of neighborhoods
Vision: NESCO cultivates an active presence in the community resulting in organized neighborhood associations, increased block clubs, and stronger advocacy.
Residents of the Near Eastside of Indianapolis, now served by the Near Eastside Community Organization (NESCO), have a long history of gathering together for a common purpose. Beginning early in the 20th century and continuing to this day, perceived threats to their way of life have compelled Near Eastside citizens to come together to save their neighborhood. Provocations have ranged from the proposed opening of a nearby beer garden in 1909 to crime, housing deterioration, and the loss of services. The response of this neighborhood has differed from many others in the inner city as residents repeatedly have sought association and action as a means of protecting and saving their community.