What is a civic organization?
A civic organization is a channel through which civic engagement and participation take place. Civic engagement happens in a variety of ways, from volunteer efforts to community problem solving, to electoral participation and more. New York City's civic organizations are usually based in a specific neighborhood or community and, while they may focus on a few core issues, generally address any and all community concerns. In most cases, civic organizations form and operate by individuals coming together and upholding a collective commitment to better their community.
Typically, civic organizations and community groups establish their own leadership and structure. They meet once a month to discuss items related to the community. Although civic groups are not community boards, they may be involved and frequently work with their local community board to help tackle the neighborhood's pressing issues.
Use the NYC Civic Database to locate civic organizations and community groups in your neighborhood.