Various groups of people and organizations had to become involved in the community-oriented rodent control program if it was going to work. Several city agencies partnered with the Philadelphia Department of Public Health, including Licensing and Inspection, Police, Streets, and the Human Relations Commission.
A non-profit organization, the YWCA, had hired a community organizer to work in the area of the project to help people with various issues. This individual’s work was then redirected to help with the rodent control project. A social scientist was also working within the overall area on a grant. The Spring Garden Street Civic Association, a group of influential citizens from the area who were trying to protect the area from deteriorating further, participated in many of the meetings but were not really involved in the activities.
Citizens groups within the individual blocks in the project area were formed by environmental health personnel, the public health educator, and the community organizer. The natural leaders of each city block were identified and then selected by the citizens to represent them. These block organizations were given information about the ensuing rodent control projects and the necessity for assistance by the citizens in the community. These individuals along with other volunteers participated in large numbers in helping clean up the community and in the rodent poisoning campaign.