Susan O'Neil, Paula Degoot, Elaine Ixcot, Toni Cooksey, Tom Myers, Rex and Nancy Cline and others formed the non-profit DelWood Neighborhood Alliance in 2011. It was formed on the heels of the neighboring College Area Neighborhood Alliance and under the non-profit umbrella of Modesto Neighborhoods, Inc. The purpose is to improve the upkeep of the community, make it safer, bring together neighbors to clean up our two City parks -Pike and Garrison - when needed. Also to clean up our alleys, vacant lots and keep an eye out for abandoned housing and maintain a positive communication with City departments and the police.


Coordinating and participating in activities is purely voluntary.

Neighborhoods all over Modesto are forming alliances for safety, graffiti, trees, and many other neighborhood concerns. Any resident can attend meetings and participate on a volunteer basis. This format builds a communication among residents, city officials, and the Modesto Police Department to create a safe, clean, and beautiful neighborhood. What does DNA do?

  • Preserves, improves, and develops the neighborhood and the community
  • Protects and enhances property values and the integrity of the neighborhood
  • Helps residents make new friends and get to know their neighbors
  • Promotes a people helping people atmosphere
  • Addresses neighborhood problems such as traffic, trash and code and zoning violations
  • Organizes neighborhood cleanups and common area upkeep
  • Sends out an e-Newsletter to announce activities and events
  • Maintains a website as a resource for all residents and details how they can help keep our neighborhood safe
  • Plans activities to build a sense of community and provide opportunities for neighbors to meet each other 
  • Coordinates with the Modesto Crime Prevention Unit on programs such as Neighborhood Watch and National Night Out
  • Works with MPD and outside contractor to provide neighborhood policing and security patrol
  • Develops and maintains relationships with City Council representatives, city staff, and non-profit agencies

About the founders

DelWood Neighborhood Alliance

DNA is under the umbrella of Modesto Neighborhoods Inc., a 403b

nonprofit organization that provides the several neighborhood alliances in the City of Modesto nonprofit status and aids in helping new alliances form to set up their areas and board of directors.

The DelWood

Steering committee


​Co-chairs           BOB SHANNON and ELAINE IXCOT

Secretary            TONI COOKSEY

Treasurer            JOE KROEZE

Parks & Alleys    TOM MYERS 

Fliers                 REX and NANCY CLINE


What we are doing

  • In the area south of Orangeburg Ave., we have twice cleaned up the alleys, filling up three large dumpsters and cut and sprayed weeds and grass.
  • The restrooms at Garrison and Pike parks have been cleaned up and painted along with the picnic tables.
  • Trash is picked up on Ninth Street on a quarterly basis.