United Way announces 2021 National Night Out grant recipients

Friday Jun 25th, 2021


United Way of Erie County has been a proud sponsor of local National Night Out (NNO) events since 2004. In the past, NNO events have taken many forms including but not limited to block parties, cookouts, parades, visits from emergency personnel, rallies and marches, exhibits, youth events, safety demonstrations, and seminars. National Night Out also aligns with the prevention portion of the three-pronged Unified Erie Violence Reduction Initiative. Learn more about the Community Action Plan here
Last year, in-lieu of in-person NNO events, United Way of Erie County opted to award Neighborhood Mini-Grants to foster safety and health efforts in the community in the form of projects or limited COVID-safe events.

As the vaccine rollout continues and COVID-19 cases in the community decrease, it was announced that United Way will once again provide support for National Night Out events that follow local Department of Health guidelines. National Night Out 2021 is on Tuesday, August 3, 2021.

United Way is pleased to announce the funding of 17 National Night Out events and 2 related projects totaling $13,700 in mini-grants.

Organizer(s) Event Address Event Time
Academy Neighborhood Association  Baker Field at East 32nd and Holland St.  6PM-7:30PM
Bayfront East Side Taskforce  Wallace Park at Wallace St. & E Front St.  6PM-8PM
Belle Valley Fire Department, Inc.  1514 Norcross Road
Erie, PA
Diehl Elementary School & Mercyhurst University  Diehl Elementary School
2327 Fairmount Pkwy
Erie, PA 16510
East Avenue/Hess Avenue Neighborhood Watch  Perseus House Collaborative Learning Center
648 Hess Avenue (Back parking lot area between Lynn Street & Brandes Street adjacent to St. Casimir Church) 
East Middle School  East Middle School
1001 Atkins St.
Erie, PA 16503
Edison Elementary School and Boys & Girls Club of Erie   Edison Elementary School
1921 E Lake Rd
Erie, PA 16511 
Elk Valley Elementary School, Elk Creek Recreation & Leisure Board, Rice Avenue Community Public Library  Elk Valley Elementary School
2556 Maple Avenue
Lake City, PA 16423
Erie Free Store  Elmwood Avenue Presbyterian Church/Erie Free Store
2816 Elmwood Avenue
Erie, PA 16508
Glenwood United Methodist Church Glenwood United Methodist Church
2931 Myrtle Street
Erie, PA 16508
Greene Township  9333 Tate Road
Erie, PA 16509
Housing Authority City of Erie  Erie Heights Neighborhood and Curry Schell Apartments
4200 Block Crestmont Avenue 
Iroquois Elementary School and Lawrence Park Township  Iroquois Elementary School Parking Lot
4231 Morse Street
Erie, PA 16511
McKinley Elementary School McKinley Elementary School
933 East 22nd Street
Erie, PA 16503
Our West Bayfront
Bay and Harbor Neighborhood Association, Boulevard Park Neighborhood Watch, Gateway Neighborhood Association, Erie MLK Center, Garden County Association, West Bayfront Neighborhood Watch, West Side Saints Neighborhood Watch
Gridley Park
W. 6th and Liberty Street 
Perry Elementary School and Erie Family Center  Perry Elementary School
955 W. 29th Street
Erie, PA 16508
Youth Leadership Institute  1306 E. Lake Rd. Erie, PA 16507 4PM-7PM


For organizations not comfortable holding an in-person event but had continued neighborhood needs, United Way also considered awards for projects that address community resources this year. Projects that support Community Resources for Basic Needs needed to align with the following: providing resources to the community (e.g. food, health, and other basic needs distribution) and/or making the community aware of available resources (e.g. developing & distributing flyers to share local resources and outreach efforts to meet community need.

Projects receiving funding:

Organizer(s) Project 
Harding Elementary School Basic Needs Bags
SNOOPS Neighborhood Watch  Neighborhood Outreach Picnic Boxes

All events and projects being funded will be required to align with the current CDC recommendations

Planning assistance for United Way’s efforts will be provided by the NRO which is a service agency created to provide resources, support and technical assistance to neighborhood groups throughout Erie County. Services provided by the NRO are available to any neighborhood group that is organized or that wishes to organize and desires to utilize the services. Those groups looking to connect with the NRO are encouraged to contact John Villa, the Neighborhood Resource Organization Outreach Coordinator (814) 572-0755.