Nearly 5,000 neighbors throughout Erie County will spend a little quality time with each other on Tuesday, August 5. In an effort to empower local neighborhoods, heighten the awareness of crime prevention and reinforce the spirit of community, United Way of Erie County has awarded $10,000 in grants that will enable organizations, associations and collaborative groups to celebrate National Night Out, sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch.
In total, sixteen events scheduled in the City of Erie and various sites located in Erie County will include free food, music and games, along with the opportunity to interact with local police and fire departments.
Events funded by United Way of Erie County seek to promote the spirit of community and encourage everyone to play a role in supporting the education of youth in our neighborhoods. Event highlights include gatherings at:
• Gridley Park organized by the Strong Vincent Neighborhood Watch, Eagle Neighborhood Watch, West Bayfront Neighborhood Watch, Garden Court Neighborhood Watch and Bayfront NATO, Inc.
• The Erie Housing Authority’s Erie Heights Housing Development
• The Multicultural Community Resource Center organized by the Eastside Eagles
• The John F. Kennedy Center organized in partnership with the Burton-Diehl and Buffalo Road Neighborhood Watch groups.
• Caflisch Park in Union City organized by Union City Borough and the Union City Family Support Center
Now in its thirty-first year, National Night Out is designed to heighten crime and drug prevention awareness, generate participation in local anti-crime efforts, and strengthen neighborhood spirit.
The introduction of National Night Out, “America’s Night Out Against Crime”, in 1984 began an effort to promote involvement in crime prevention activities, police-community partnerships, neighborhood camaraderie and send a message to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.
The first National Night Out took place on Tuesday, August 7, 1984. That first year, 2.5 million Americans took part across 400 communities in 23 states. The seed had been planted. National Night Out now involves over 37.8 million people and 16,124 communities from all fifty states, U.S. Territories, Canadian cities, and military bases worldwide.
NNO 2014 EVENT DETAILS:
• Bayfront East Side Taskforce (BEST)
6:00-8:30 PM | Wallace Park
• East Avenue/Hess Avenue Neighborhood Watch
5:00-9:00 PM | Perseus House School Parking Lot/St. Casimir's Church (at Lynn Street, Brandes Street & Hess Avenue)
• Eastside Eagles
5:00-7:30 PM | Multi-Cultural Community Resource Center (554 East 10th Street)
• Elk Creek Leisure and Recreation
1:00-10:00 PM | Girard Community Pool
• Greene Township
6:00-9:00 PM | Greene Township Municipal Building (9333 Tate Road)
• Housing Authority of the City of Erie
5:00-8:00 PM | Erie Heights Housing Development, 4030 Garden Avenue, 16508
• John F. Kennedy Center
5:00-8:00 PM | JFK Center - Building & Parking Lot, 2021 East 20th Street
• Little Italy Neighborhood Watch
5:00-7:30 PM | St. Paul's Church Parking Lot, 19th & Myrtle Streets
• Neighborhood Watch #13, SNOOPS Association
5:30-8:30 PM | Friendship Park, 14th & Reed Streets
• Robbins Blass Neighborhood Watch
6:00-8:00 PM | Pebble Park (at the intersection of Washington Avenue and Cold Spring Avenue)
5:00-8:00 PM | SafeNet's Big Backyard Children's Garden (240 East 9th Street)
• Union City
6:00-9:00 PM | Caflisch Park (at Bridge Street & Willow Street)
• Wattsburg Borough
Time TBD | 9831 Wattsburg, PA 16442
• West Bayfront
6:00-9:00 PM | Gridley Park & Gridley School
• YMCA of Greater Erie
5:00-8:00 PM | MLK Community Center, 312 Chestnut Street
• Youth Leadership Institute of Erie
11:00AM-7:00 PM | 22nd & Reed Streets
Complete details and event information can be found at http://www.unitedwayerie.org/nno