Local parks, centers to host National Night Out events

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Nearly 5,000 neighbors throughout Erie County will spend a little quality time with each other on
Tuesday, August 2 thanks to United Way of Erie County.

United Way’s support of National Night Out dates back to the mid 90s and since that time funding has been provided to organizations, neighborhood associations and watch groups annually. This year, eighteen collaborative groups have received funding from United Way to celebrate National Night Out.

National Night Out events, nationally sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch, aim to
empower local neighborhoods, heighten the awareness of crime prevention and reinforce the spirit
of community.

Events, which will take place 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:

o Gridley Park organized by the Strong Vincent Neighborhood Watch, Eagle Neighborhood
Watch, West Bayfront Neighborhood Watch, Garden Court Neighborhood Watch and West
Side Saints.
o East Avenue/Hess Avenue Neighborhood Watch organized by Fr. Jerry Priscaro
o The Multicultural Community Resource Center organized by the Eastside Eagles
o The John F. Kennedy Center organized in partnership with the Urban Erie Community
Development Center and House of Mercy
o Lake Erie Community Park in Lake City organized by Elk Creek Recreation & Leisure

Now in its 32nd 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. 

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