National Night Out - West Grand
An annual event organized by West Grand Neighborhood Organization for our neighborhood. A night of safety and community.
About National Night Out:
An FREE annual event organized by West Grand Neighborhood Organization for our neighborhood. A night of safety and community. There will be food, games, raffle prizes and lots of fun! Multiple organizations and businesses will be there! Sponsors of this event include: Grand Rapids Public Schools, Brann's Steakhouse & Grille and The Shade Shop, Inc.
Special guests will include the Grand Rapids Police Department and the Grand Rapids Fire Department!
Bridge Street House of Prayer will also have I Am West Side T-shirts available for sale for $10 each in both Spanish & English to benefit the Resurgence Program, an after school mentorship program at Westwood Middle School!
The History of National Night Out:
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. NATW’s National Night Out program culminates annually, on the first Tuesday of August (In Texas, the first Tuesday of October).
NATW’s Executive Director, Matt Peskin introduced National Night Out in 1984.The first National Night Out took place on Tuesday, August 7th 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.
The traditional “lights on” campaign and symbolic front porch vigils turned into a celebration across America with various events and activities including, but not limited to, block parties, cookouts, parades, visits from emergency personnel, rallies and marches, exhibits, youth events, safety demonstrations and seminars, in effort to heighten awareness and enhance community relations.
Last year the WGNO National Night Out had about 500-600 residents participate.
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Last year over 500 residents participated in national night out with West Grand!
we had over 40 volunteers!
This year we hope to make it even better!
In order to to put on an event of this magnitude it helps to have the support of our community partners, residents and more! There are many ways you can help!
Donations are welcome! You can donate gift cards and prizes or other items for the raffle or the meal at the event!
Sponsoring the event is a great way for businesses to get involved as there are some things that are not easy to get donated that have to be paid for! This allows us to provide more food or fun at the event! For sponsoring, a business or organization will be recognized on the page and at the event as a sponsor!
Volunteers are always welcome! This event needs volunteers to run games/activities, set up, tear down and more! You can wear your company/organization shirts!
Those that bring at least 3 volunteers with them to work the event can also have a table there to give information out to residents. All we ask is that each table has a game/activity at it for the families with candy or something to give as a prize!